Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Frontal Group hit with Patent Lawsuit

 On Friday, November 16, 2012, OfficeMax (plaintiff) recorded a suit against Frontal Group (defendant) for patent infringement in the U.S. District Court of Illinois (case no. 1:12-cv-09157). 

OfficeMax is in the business of providing office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions, and furniture to businesses and consumers. Frontal Group specializes in manufacturing and exporting promotion items and fashion jewellery. Frontal Group (director Kendrew Wang ) operates its business through the online store thearcticstore.com. The Architect stylus is the first product released under the Arctic brand. 

The patent USD572755 involved in this suit is currently assigned[1] to OMX. (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). OfficeMax is the exclusive licensee of the ‘755 patent. The patent entitled Marker and cap was issued on July 08, 2008 and expires[2] on July 20, 2022. 

According to the complaint, plaintiff alleges that the defendant infringes the ‘755 patent through its sale of product Architect stylus for iPad and other electronic tablets which resembles the ornamental design of the above patent. OfficeMax launched a new design in highlighter-pens covered by the ‘755 patent under brand name TUL. The ornamental design of the ‘755 patent is illustrated in fig.1. Fig. 2 is a picture of architect stylus. Fig 3 is a picture of TUL highlighter pens sold by OfficeMax.
                                                                              FIG. 1 

                                                                          FIG. 2     

                                     FIG. 3                                 

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[1] MaxVal offers Patent Assignment Alert service where subscribers receive email alerts when assignments relating to target applications, patents or entities of interest are recorded.

[2] 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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