Essex JCT, VT
MadGrip Holdings, LLC (“MadGrip”) has filed a Patent infringement lawsuit against West Chester Holdings, Inc. In the United States District Court for the District of Vermont claiming infringement of its U.S Patent No. 9,346,202. The Complaint alleges infringement of the patent based on the manufacture and sale of the Sumo Grip Glove by West Chester Protective Gear.
MadGrip was granted U.S Patent No. 9,346,202 on May 24, 2016. The patent is generally directed to a method for manufacturing gloves that includes injection molding an elastomeric material onto a fabric glove blank to form a utility glove with a three-dimensional molded portion. The lawsuit seeks to enjoin the defendant from selling any products infringing MadGrip’s patented technology as well as damages for defendant’s past infringement.
MadGrip has long invested heavily in innovation, and its talented developers and designers have dedicated their careers to delivering the most innovative and best handwear to its customers. MadGrip patents help protect the many technical advancements made through the years and when it becomes necessary, MadGrip takes the appropriate action to protect these important assets.
In Europe, MadGrip was granted European Patent No. EP 2308331, generally directed to a utility glove having a three-dimensional molded portion comprising an elastomeric material integrally formed from the front of the glove to over the knuckles on the back of the glove and a method of manufacturing a molded portion of a utility glove by injection molding an elastomeric material onto a fabric material. An opposition to MadGrip’s patent was brought by BM Polyco, Ltd, and the Opposition Division of the European Patent Office has recently confirmed the claims of MadGrip’s European Patent during oral proceedings. The written opinion of the Opposition Division is expected shortly. .
MadGrip has also now paid the Issue Fee in its U.S Patent Application generally directed to a utility glove having a molded portion formed of an elastomeric material bonded to a fabric with a concave palm and a utility glove having a molded portion formed of an elastomeric material bonded to a fabric to entirely surround one or more openings comprising fabric without elastomeric material. The claims of the application were allowed by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, reversing a rejection from the Examiner, and the patent is expected to issue shortly.
Furthermore, MadGrip Holdings, LLC has now received a notice of allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office on a method of manufacturing a utility glove including injection molding an elastomeric material onto a fabric glove to form a three-dimensional molded portion and then coating a portion of the fabric on which the elastomeric material was not injected.
MadGrip Holdings, LLC and its affiliates have always respected the intellectual property of others, and likewise expect others to respect MadGrip’s rights. To that end, MadGrip Holdings, LLC will take the necessary steps to enforce its patented technology.