Are you familiar with the full faith and credit clause in Article 4, § 1 of the U.S. Constitution? Based on Jonathan Benson’s disregarding orders from a federal judge for the past 9 months I have a feeling he is about to become acquainted with the fact that federal judgments rendered in one state are enforceable in another.
On February 2, 2011, Benchmade filed its proposed Final Judgment And Order with the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Benchmade requested a judgment that its U.S. Patent Nos. 6,550,832, 6,675,484 and 5,822,866 are valid and infringed by Mr. Benson and his company, Roadsideimports, L.L.C. and to enjoin the defendants from further infringement. Benchmade requested similar relief for its trademarks BENCHMADE® and BENCHMITE®. Benchmade also requested the court to enjoin the defendants from representing they are an authorized Benchmade dealer, from stating or suggesting that products made outside the U.S.A. are made in the U.S.A., and from publishing that “Benchmade stole Spyderco’s designs.” See the declaration [PDF] of Louis G. Glesser stating that Benchmade did not “steal” or otherwise misappropriate Spyderco’s design rights.
Judge Haggerty awarded final judgment to Benchmade by signing the order [PDF] on March 7, 2011.