Ardagh considers appeal on $50m glass patent verdict

A jury has ordered packaging conglomerate Ardagh Group to pay $50.3 million for infringing on a glass recycling patent owned by a small technology licensing company, according to a Reuters report.

A federal jury in Delaware returned a verdict that Ardagh subsidiary Ardagh Glass Inc infringed on a patent owned by Green Mountain Glass LLC covering a method of more efficiently recycling glass of mixed colors, Reuters reported.

The jury found Ardagh’s infringement was willful, opening the door for the judge to impose enhanced damages, the report said.

Ardagh Group responded by saying it noted the US jury verdict “in connection with one of two asserted patents alleged by Green Mountain LLC to have been infringed by Ardagh’s US glass business” which was formerly called Verallia North America (VNA).

Ardagh added: “Ardagh disagrees with the decision of the jury both as to liability and quantum of damages and strongly believes that the Green Mountain case is without merit.

“Ardagh will vigorously pursue all options including appeal.

“The case was filed by Green Mountain before Ardagh acquired VNA and customary indemnifications are in place between Ardagh and the seller of VNA.”