The MHL vs Waydoo patent trial (2023)

Following @efoilfun post:

LIFT pretends that WAYDOO infringe two of LIFT patents. Those patents are U.S. Patent Nos. 9,359,044 (the, '“044 Patent”) and 9,586,659 (the, '" 659 Patent") (collectively, the"Asserted Patents")

25 pages about the 2023 Feb. 3rd decision, preliminary step of a long route:

Useful: MHL Custom, Inc. v. Waydoo U.S., Civil Action 21-0091-RGA | Casetext Search + Citator

To help:


New step in the trial, dated March 20th, 2023
2008-2009 Prior art is slowly/partly being recognized…

Plaintiffs [LIFT] sought to exclude the Swedish magazine, Batnytt. (D.I. 180 at 2). 
I [judge] determined the magazine was admissible.
I find the screenshot of the webpage (D.I. 196-4, Ex. D) referencing the 
Evolo Report is admissible for limited purposes. Defendants [Waydoo] may use 
the webpage as evidence that the Evolo Report was publicly accessible prior to 
the priority date of Plaintiffs patents.

2023-03-20 episode:
MHL Custom, Inc. v. Waydoo U.S., Inc., Civil Action 21-0091-RGA | Casetext Search + Citator?

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That’s behind login. Which parts of the board was ‘supposedly’ the two infringements?

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Too early for a public organisation. The following link with all the details will be updated within a couple of days:

Another privately managed organisation login link: “MHL Custom wins patent suit”

The reality is if lift bought the rights from evolo and controls those rights, then they have bandwidth to sue. I can easily see the US awarding them a lawsuit over China in their own country, but it would be interesting to see what would happens on an international level…

What would also be interesting is if a company sold their boards at a component level and not complete kit and customers needed to purchase the right components and the click everything into place. Could lift actually do anything about that at all…

Eg. Waydoo could sell a complete kit in most countries except for the US where you add a mast unit, board, battery, and bag to your cart… And then do the purchase

Is an appeal possible in intellectual property trials ?

It seems like Waydoo lost the battle:

“MHL Custom sued Waydoo for allegedly infringing on two U.S. Patents related to a personal hydrofoil watercraft called an eFoil. Following a jury trial, Waydoo was found to have infringed on MHL’s patents and ordered to pay $1,334,000 in damages. Waydoo challenged various aspects of the trial, including the validity of a prior art report, the enablement of MHL’s patents, and the clarity and validity of the patents themselves. However, the court denied Waydoo’s motions, upholding the jury’s decision. Ultimately, the final ruling favored MHL Custom in the patent infringement case against Waydoo.”