Indiana Patent Litigation: Indiana-Based Way Interglobal Network, LLC Sued for Alleged Patent and Trademark Infringement

South Bend, Indiana – Attorneys for Plaintiffs, Furrion Property Holding Limited and Furrion Limited, both of Cyberport Road, Hong Kong (collectively “Furrion”), filed suit in the Northern District of Indiana alleging that Defendant, Way Interglobal Network, LLC (“Way Interglobal”) of Elkhart, Indiana, infringed its rights in United States Patent Numbers D839,038 (the “‘038 Patent”), D851,978 (the “‘978Furrion-BlogPhoto-277x300 Patent”), D851,979 (the “‘979 Patent”), and D851,990 (the “‘990 Patent”) (collectively the “Furrion Design Patents”). Furrion is seeking preliminary and permanent injunctions, actual damages, total profits, treble damages, and pre and post judgment interest.

According to the complaint, Furrion was formed in 2007 to create modern-luxury technology for traveling including electronics, appliances, and energy sources for land and water vehicles. Furrion claims it has designed and manufactured its cooktops and ovens for use in the “RV” industry since at least 2013. The 2 in 1 Range Ovens produced and sold by Furrion have an allegedly distinctive and unique ornamental design compared to those traditionally available in the RV industry. Furrion claims the Furrion 2 in 1 Range Oven has had great success since May 2017 and is one of its best-selling products.

Furrion Property Holding Limited claims to be the owner by assignment of the Furrion Design Patents with Furrion Limited being the exclusive license holder for the Furrion Design Patents. According to the complaint, Furrion updates an online list of its products that are protected by Furrion’s U.S. patents giving notice of their patent property rights. The marketing and product materials for the Furrion products also allegedly contain copyright and trademark notices. Furrion claims the 2 in 1 Range Oven User Manual, in particular, can be viewed and/or downloaded online from anywhere by anyone. Furrion further claims it has at least four registered United States Trademarks that have been used in connection with its 2 in 1 Range Ovens, which include U.S. Registration Nos. 5,595,145, 5,487,459, 5,595,144, and 4,563,947 (the “Furrion Marks”).

Way Interglobal allegedly manufactures and sells compact range ovens for RVs throughout the United States. Furrion claims Way Interglobal has diverted business from Furrion by using Furrion’s intellectual property that is connected with its 2 in 1 Range Ovens. Around August 2018, Furrion alleges it found out Way Interglobal was offering a gas range oven that was essentially a copy of Furrion’s 2 in 1 Range Ovens with Die Cast Grill. Furrion claims that along with copying the design of its 2 in 1 Range Ovens, Way Interglobal also copied Furrion’s Instruction Manual.

Furrion is seeking damages for the infringement of the ‘038 Patent, the ‘978 Patent, the ‘979 Patent, and the ‘990 Patent under the U.S. Patent Act. Pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 1114, Furrion is claiming Way Interglobal’s actions constitute federal trademark infringement. Finally, Furrion is claiming federal unfair competition pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 1125(a).

The case was assigned to District Judge Philip P. Simon and Magistrate Judge Michael G. Gotsch, Sr. in the Northern District and assigned Case 3:19-cv-00566-PPS-MGG.

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