US firm Fusionbrands is taking out a federal lawsuit targeting a company for alleged infringement of the intellectual property associated with its silicone egg poaching device called the Poachpod.
The move against New York state-based company Suburban Bowery of Suffern alleges patent infringement, trademark infringement and copyright infringement.
In November 2011, Fusionbrands successfully concluded two federal lawsuits alleging patent infringement against manufacturers of copycat silicone egg poachers.
The manufacturers each entered into settlement agreements which included, among other things, destruction of their egg poachers. In all, over 100,000 silicone poachers have been seized or turned over to Fusionbrands in connection with settlements or lawsuits, prompting a massive recycling effort by Fusionbrands as well as an internet video of infringing products being destroyed.
Fusionbrands has also initiated successful actions against a large retailer in the US and a grocery chain in the UK in connection with the sale of silicone poachers.
“We had enough of watching larger corporations ripping-off smaller companies like Fusionbrands,” said ceo Kraigh Stewart who, along with the company’s vice-president Anna Stewart, founded Fusionbrands in 2006. Together, they design and develop the company’s products.
“We don’t like litigation but we will do what it takes to stand up for our brand, our customers – who deserve to know that they are buying are genuine Fusionbrands’ products – and for the community of designers, like us, who have invested substantial money and sweat equity in developing new products and technologies.”
The Poachpod from Fusionbrands is distributed in the UK and Ireland by JWP.