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Osha Liang LLP won a $1.3 million copyright case in Texas

HOUSTON – A federal district court has awarded $1.3 million to a Texas design firm in an architectural copyright case, according to Osha Liang LLP.

美国休斯顿消息,欧夏梁律师事务所称,在一件建筑版权案件中,联邦地区法院裁定给予一德克萨斯州设计公司130万美元的赔偿

Houston-based Hewlett Custom Home Designs, Inc., whose clients include Fortune 500 executives as well as celebrities such as Charles Barkley, claimed that Frontier Custom Builders, Inc. infringed Hewlett’s copyrighted designs in violation of federal law.

总部位于休斯顿的休利特定制家居设计公司(Hewlett Custom Home Designs, Inc),其客户包括世界500强、高管以及一些名人。例如:查尔斯巴克利。他们声称前沿家居设计公司(Frontier Custom Builders, Inc.)侵犯了休利特的设计版权从而涉及违反了联邦法。

The jury in the United States District Court in Houston found that Frontier committed copyright infringement by constructing and marketing nineteen houses that infringed Hewlett’s copyrighted designs. Frontier’s owner, Ronald Wayne Bopp, was also held personally liable for Frontier’s activities.

The amount of the judgment was based on the amount of profits Frontier earned from the sales of houses that infringed Hewlett’s copyrights. The court also ordered the destruction of infringing materials in Frontier’s possession.

休斯顿地方法院陪审团指出前沿家居设计公司由于在建造并销售19间房屋而涉及版权侵权,它们侵犯了休利特公司的版权设计。前沿公司的老板-波普·罗纳德·维恩还应对前沿的行为承担个人责任。判决的总金额取决于前沿家居设计公司在侵犯了休利特公司版权的房屋上所挣到的总利润。法庭还下令销毁前沿公司所占有的侵犯版权的材料。

Hewlett is represented by attorney Louis Bonham of Osha Liang LLP.

欧夏梁律师事务所得律师路易斯·博纳姆作为休利特公司的代理律师。

Shane Hewlett, the principal of Hewlett Custom Home Design Inc., said, “I am extremely gratified that the jury vindicated our position and acted to help protect our intellectual property and the designs we proudly provide to clients.”

沙恩·休利特,休利特家居设计公司的负责人说:“我感到非常欣慰的是陪审团证明了我们的立场和行动是积极得保护我们的知识产权和设计,我们非常自豪地为我们的客户提供服务。”

Bonham added, “Misappropriation of copyrighted building designs is a serious problem in the homebuilding industry and has been for many years. I hope the jury’s message will be heard by those in the industry who do not take this issue seriously.”

博纳姆做了补充,他说:“建筑设计版权的盗用在家居建筑行业内是一个非常严肃的问题,已经存在许多年了。我希望那些不认真对待该问题的业内人士能够听到陪审团的心声。

This is the second seven-figure judgment in an architectural copyright case entered by a Houston federal court. Last fall, the court awarded $3.2 million to an Austin architecture firm, Kipp Flores Architects, in a similar case.

这是休斯顿联邦法院就建筑版权案例作出的第二个涉及7位数的裁决。同样的,去年秋天,该法院以相似案例裁定给予一家奥斯汀建筑公司320万美元的赔偿额。

The case is “Hewlett Custom Home Design, Inc. v. Frontier Custom Builders, Inc. and Ronald W. Bopp,” Case 4:10-cv-04837, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division

本案是“休利特家居定制设计公司”诉“前沿家居定制公司以及波普·罗纳德·维恩”,案号:4:10-cv-04837美国地区法院,德克萨斯州南部地区法院休斯顿分区。

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