FIRST Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit
San Francisco-based O'Keeffe's Inc. has filed a lawsuit against
Anemostat in Carson, Calif., Technical Glass Products (TGP) in Kirkland,
Wash., and Pilkington PLC, a U.K.-based company, for patent infringement
of its SuperLite I-W, a CPSC Category II safety-rated wired glass
product. The suit alleges that each defendant currently markets
and/or sells a product identical to the patented SuperLite I-W,
which is marketed and sold by SAFTI FIRST, a division of O'Keeffe's.
The complaint, 5:07-cv-03535-JF O'Keeffe's Inc. v. Technical Glass
Products Anemostat and Pilkington, PLC, was filed July 06, 2007
in the United States District Court for the Northern District of
California. According to the document, "Defendant TGP fabricates,
markets and sells a product known as PyroShield NT which infringes
on the O'Keeffe Patent."
The document also contends that Pilkington provides the wired glass
used by TGP used in the fabrication and manufacture of the PyroShield
product, in addition to marketing and selling PyroShield NT.
The complaint further alleges, "Anemostat fabricates, markets
and/or sells a product it fabricates known as SAFE-Wire which infringes
the O'Keeffe Patent."
SAFTI FIRST recently successfully defended its patent rights for
another product, SuperLite I-XL, according to a company press release.
"Even though there's growing concern among American manufacturers
over patent infringement by foreign competitors, we are especially
concerned about the infringement by other U.S. companies within
the fire-rated glazing industry seeking to benefit form our product
development efforts," says Bill O'Keeffe, president and chief
executive officer of SAFTI FIRST. "Either way, we intend to
defend our patents vigorously."
USGNN.com could not obtain comments from TGP, Pilkington
or Anemostat as of press time.
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