Contrary Rulings Leave Questions in Arlington v. Bridgeport Patent Dispute

The outcomes of two separate federal court actions last month in a dispute between Arlington Industries Inc., Scranton, Pa., and Bridgeport Fittings Inc., Stratford, Conn., over patent rights on a snap-in conduit fitting didn’t clarify much, except that the conflict will continue. The two lawsuits, brought by Arlington in 2001 and 2006, concluded in the same federal court district in the same month, but reached opposite results.

The complaints, both litigated in U.S. District Court fo

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