HILLSBORO, Ore., Feb. 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Columbia Industries is pleased to announce that it has accepted payment of $1.1 million to resolve a trade secret lawsuit against local engineering firms Entro Incorporated and Entro Industries, and their principals, Shawn and Harlan Smith.
Columbia filed the lawsuit in order to address Entro's unauthorized use of Columbia's intellectual property in two engineering projects during 2011-12. This settlement resolves only Columbia's claims concerning the Entro projects at issue in the lawsuit.
The settlement reflects Columbia's history of innovation and the strength and value that Columbia consistently delivers to its customers, according to Columbia President and CEO, Saj Shapiro:
"At Columbia Industries, we design and build to our customers' needs. Our proven record of innovation and service is what sets us apart in the industry. This settlement sends a strong message that Columbia Industries is committed to vigorously defending its intellectual property rights now and in the future so that we can continue to deliver value to our customers."
For over 35 years Columbia has been manufacturing right in the heart of Hillsboro, Oregon USA, and is world renowned for its reliable, quality built, American engineered equipment which is distributed worldwide.
Columbia's diverse product offerings include customized drilling rig moving systems, automated pipe handling machines, and ancillary equipment for the oil and gas industry and tippers for the solid waste, agricultural, wood by-products and recycling industries.
For more information on Columbia Industries, please visit www.columbiacorp.com.