Helen of Troy Expresses Disappointment Over Jury Verdict in Thermometer Infringement Case

EL PASO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ, NM: HELE), designer, developer and
worldwide marketer of consumer brand-name housewares, health and home,
nutritional supplement and beauty products, announces the outcome of a
jury trial between Kaz USA, Inc. (“Kaz”), an operating subsidiary of
Helen of Troy, and Exergen Corporation, headquartered in Watertown, MA.
The case involved claims of alleged patent infringement related to two
forehead thermometer models sold by Kaz in the United States. On January
22, 2016, the jury found in favor of Exergen and awarded damages of
$14.6 million with respect to a period of approximately seven years of
sales. Kaz is respectful of the jury determination but is disappointed,
and disagrees strongly with that determination. The outcome of the case
is not yet final, and the verdict will be subject to several post-trial
motions. The forehead thermometers involved in this case represented
less than 1% of Helen of Troy’s consolidated net sales for fiscal year

About Helen of Troy Limited:

Helen of Troy Limited is a leading global consumer products company
offering creative solutions for its customers through a strong portfolio
of well-recognized and widely-trusted brands, including: Housewares:
OXO®, Good Grips®, Soft Works®, OXO tot® and OXO Steel®; Health and
Home: Vicks®, Braun®, Honeywell®, PUR®, Febreze®, Stinger®, Duracraft®
and SoftHeat®; and Beauty: Revlon®, Vidal Sassoon®, Dr. Scholl’s®, Pro
Beauty Tools®, Sure®, Pert®, Infusium23®, Brut®, Ammens®, Hot Tools®,
Bed Head®, Karina®, Ogilvie® and Gold ‘N Hot®. The Nutritional
Supplements segment was formed with the acquisition of Healthy
Directions, a U.S. market leader in premium doctor-branded vitamins,
minerals and supplements, as well as other health products sold directly
to consumers. The Honeywell® trademark is used under license from
Honeywell International Inc. The Vicks®, Braun®, Febreze® and Vidal
Sassoon® trademarks are used under license from The Procter & Gamble
Company. The Revlon® trademark is used under license from Revlon
Consumer Products Corporation. The Bed Head® trademark is used under
license from Unilever PLC. The Dr. Scholl’s® trademark is used under
license from MSD Consumer Care, Inc.

For more information about Helen of Troy, please visit www.hotus.com.


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