Ecolab sued B& B in February, accusing the pest control company of infringing its U.S. Patent 10,070,639, which claims heat systems for killing bed bugs and other pests. Ecolab had notified the manufacturer of a heat treatment system, called 201cAmCan BugStop Hot House, 201d and asked the manufacturer to provide notice of the 2018639 patent to all U.S. purchasers of the product. On this basis, Ecolab asserted that the infringement was willful, and sought treble damages and attorney 2019s fees. The dispute did not last long 2013 On March 21, the owners of B & B, acting pro se, entered into a consent judgment, which Judge Young entered as a court order four days later. Under the consent judgment, B & B agreed that the 2018639 patent is valid and enforceable and that it infringed the patent. B & B further accepted a permanent injunction.
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