On October 29, 2012, Volk Enterprises, Inc. ("Volk") of Alpharetta, Georgia, filed a complaint against Jaccard Corporation ("Jaccard") of Orchard Park, New York, alleging that Jaccard's use and sale of its "Safe Cook Timers" infringe two Volk patents.

Volk claims to be the owner of all right, title, and interest in U.S. Patent No. 5,799,606 and U.S. Patent No. 5,988,102, both titled "Pop-Up Temperature Indicating Device."  Volk alleges that Jaccard's use and sale of "disposable cooking thermometers and temperature indicating devices for use in cooking food" sold under the "Safe Cook Timers" name infringe the '606 and '102 patents.  Volk also contends that Jaccard's alleged infringement has been willful, and that Volk has and continues to suffer immediate and irreparable injury as a result of Jaccard's activity.  According to the complaint, Volk claims to be entitled to damages, treble damages, attorneys' fees, costs, and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief.

The case is Volk Enterprises, Inc. v. Jaccard Corp., No. 2:12-cv-0253-WCO, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Gainesville Division, and is assigned to U.S. District Judge William C. O'Kelley.