Adult entertainment provider, Spearmint Rhino Companies Worldwide, Inc. (Spearmint), sued Chiappa Firearms Ltd. and a related entity, Chiappa Holdings LLC, for trademark infringement of U.S. Registration Nos. 3,205,552; 3,189,323; and 3,189,324.
Streamlight, Inc. sued Laser Defense Manufacturing LLC for patent infringement of two utility and two design patents in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Butler Creek Corporation (Butler Creek) and Bushnell Inc. (Bushnell) have been sued by GHJ Holdings, LLC (GHJ) for false patent marking in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
On February 17, 2011, Streamlight, Inc., a manufacturer of lighting products, filed a patent infringement suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against a competitor, Longhorn Tactical, LLC.
On February 8, 2011, a federal grand jury indicted Sabre Defense Industries LLC and five employees, including the owner, president, CFO, and a sales director and manager for violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).
On January 24, 2011, Illumination Innovation, LLC, filed a patent infringement suit against 14 retailers on a patent related to an LED assembly for flashlights (U.S. Patent No. 6,502,952).
Patent Group, LLC filed a new round of false patent marking lawsuits against several patent owners, whose patents appear to have expired.
In our last update, we reported that Paul Allen’s company, Interval Licensing, LLC, which is the exclusive licensee of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,263,507; 6,034,652; 6,788,314; and 6,757,682, filed a patent infringement suit on November 27, 2010, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against 11 defendants, including AOL Inc., Apple Inc., eBay, Google, Netflix, Office Depot Inc., OfficeMax Inc., Staples Inc., Yahoo Inc., Facebook, and Google’s YouTube.
On January 20, 2011, Main Hastings LLC filed four false patent marking lawsuits against several financial institutions and subsidiaries, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup, Inc., First Citizens Bank and Trust Co., HSBC, City National Bank, SunTrust Bank, PNC Bank, Union Bank, and Zions First National Bank.
In a win for the financial services community, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld a lower court's order that patent lawyer Jean-Marc Zimmerman and patent holding company Eon-Net pay $631,135 in sanctions and fees for “indicia of extortion” in patent lawsuits filed by Zimmerman.