Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Amphibian Labs Sued over iGills SE-35

On Wednesday, November 07, 2012, American Underwater Products, Inc. (plaintiff) launched a suit against Amphibian Labs, LLC (defendant) for patent infringement in the U.S District Court of Central California (case no. 8:12-cv-01948).

American underwater products, a California based company doing business as Oceanic, manufactures diving equipment. It offers regulators, computers, gauges, masks, boots, gloves, knives, instruments, thermal wear, accessories, battery kits, lens protectors, operating manuals, and safety products. The company also provides BCD accessories, like cummerbunds, weight pockets, integrated retractors; and light accessories. Amphibian develops new technologies that expand the domain of ubiquitous consumer electronic devices.

The patents involved in this suit are given below:

Patent No.
Current  Assignee (source:MaxVal’s Assignment Database[[i]] )

Issue Date

Expiration Date[[ii]]

American underwater products, Inc (as per face page)
Dec 06, 2005
Jul 08,
Dive Computer with Global Positioning System Receiver
American underwater products,  Inc.
May 08, 2012
Jul 08,
Dive Computer with Global Positioning System Receiver

According to the complaint, the defendant’s product iGills SE-35 (Dive computer) allegedly infringes the above patents. iGills SE-35 as shown in Fig.1 is designed to be used in combination with an iPhone and especially made to function as a dive computer when combined with an iPhone and the iGills iPhone diving app.

Fig. 1 iGills SE-35

The plaintiff in the past has filed a suit against Body Glove International, LLC (case no. 8:09-cv-00056) in January 2009 and the suit is still pending in court.

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[i]MaxVal offers Patent Assignment Alert service where subscribers receive email alerts when assignments relating to target applications, patents or entities of interest are recorded.
[ii]Expected expiration date. Patent Term Estimator is a free web-based tool that automatically calculates patent terms and expiration dates for U.S. utility patents.

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