Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Speck Products Litigated for Infringement of Clamshell Packaging

Plaintiff: Display Pack Inc.

Defendant: Speculative Product Design D/B/A Speck Products

Case Number: 1:13-cv-00066

Court: Michigan Western District Court

Date Filed: January 21, 2013

Patent-in-Suit: US7931148

The patent US7931148 involved in this suit is currently assigned[1] to Display Pack (source: Maxval’s Assignment Database). The patent entitled Double hinge display package and method of use was issued on April 26, 2011 and expires[2] on June 10, 2029.

The patent describes a clamshell package for supporting an article including a covered manufacturing hinge adapted to divide the clamshell into first and second parts adapted to form a cavity. The clamshell package includes a panel adapted to engage the manufacturing hinge and flange to retain the manufacturing hinge in a folded position, with the panel being spaced from the operating hinge.

About the Parties:
Display Pack designs and manufactures consumer packaging products. It offers thermoforming services, which include clamshell, blisters, cups and containers, tray packaging and printed packaging. The company serves customers ranging from Fortune 500 to mid-cap and small companies, including food, health and beauty, hardware, household, electronics, sporting goods, and automotive industries worldwide. Display Pack, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It has a production facility in California.

Speculative Product Design LLC, doing business as Speck Products, develops protective cases for consumer electronics products. The company offers its products for iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod, MacBook, HTC, Samsung, Nokia, Blackberry, Kindle, and Nook. It markets its products under the CandyShell, PixelSkin, Folio, and FabFit brand names. Speculative Product Design, LLC was founded in 2001 and is based in Mountain View, California.

As in Complaint:
Plaintiff alleges that defendant has infringed the above patent through its sale of protective cases for consumer electronics. Defendant makes clamshell packaging for its products that infringe the ‘148 patent. This packaging is also used in iPad minis protective cases known as CandyShell.

Other Case(s) Filed:
Plaintiff has filed a case (1:11-cv-01234) (source: Maxval’s Litigation Database) against Qmadix, a manufacturer of tech gadgets and accessories on November 21, 2011 which was closed on March 08, 2012. The ‘148 patent was one of the patents involved in this case.
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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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