A U.S. District Court in Baltimore has set aside a jury verdict and ruled that GTCO Corp., of Rockville, did not prove it had lost any confidential trade secrets in its case against Kontron Elecktroniks of West Germany.
"At this point, GTCO has lost," said Paul Richter, who represented GTCO. He said there is a strong possibility the company will appeal.
The court also awarded $1 to Kontron in response to its counterclaim that GTCO provided untimely delivery and defective products. Theodore Sherbow, Kontron's attorney, said, "The result is very satisfying to Kontron. GTCO lost its case, and Kontron won its counterclaim."
On May 15, the jury awarded $100,000 in damages to GTCO after concluding that Kontron had "wrongfully misappropriated confidential information given to it by GTCO." At the post-trial hearing on July 16, GTCO petitioned the court for a new trial, saying the amount of the award was far below the $10 million being sought.
Kontron asked the judge to set aside the jury's verdict and make his own judgment of the case. Judge J. Fredrick Motz granted the request and acted as a fact finder of the case.
"Sitting as a fact finder, I don't believe that you proved trade secrets," Judge Motz told GTCO, adding "assuming there was a trade secret proven, there was not reasonable effort to protect that trade secret.