BYU grad and You Tube celebrity wins big case

by | Apr. 12, 2010

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Tom Dickson, the mad blender professor of YouTube fame, is one of those upbeat sorts of people who seem to always be smiling, even if you're not exactly sure why.

But last week, there was no guessing the reason.

On Tuesday, federal judge Tena Campbell ruled in a summary judgment that the Vitamix Corp. of Ohio violated U.S. patent law by copying the blending jar Dickson personally invented.

In early June, a jury trial will be held in Campbell's Salt Lake courtroom to determine damages, which could reach well into eight figures.

The ruling culminates a four-year David vs. Goliath type court battle pitting Dickson's upstart Blendtec company against Vitamix, the dominant name in American blending for nearly a century.

That dominance was threatened by the revolutionary, five-sided blending jar conceived and produced by Dickson, a BYU graduate (class of '71). He is a kind of modern-day Ben Franklin whose inventions also include the world's first motion-sickness patch, a home-friendly grain mill and what the History Channel hailed as "the world's strongest blender."

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