Fort Wayne, Indiana – Patent lawyers for Romary Associates, Inc. of Fort Wayne, IN, filed a lawsuit alleging that Kibbi LLC d/b/a Renegade Custom Coaches and Trailers, McKibbin Enterprises, Inc., and Kibbi Incorporated, all of Bristol, IN, have infringed Patent No. 7,475,809, MOBILE BANKING VEHICLE, as issued by the U.S. Patent Office. Additional counts allege federal unfair competition, breach of contract, tortious interference with a business relationship, and misappropriation of trade secrets under state law.
Factually, the complaint alleges that, subsequent to the execution of a non-disclosure agreement, Romary disclosed its “mobile banking concepts and designs,” including a prototype, to the defendants. Afterwards, the defendants are said to have commenced selling their own mobile banking units, with the sales going to intended or potential Romary customers.
Practice Tip: A strong non-disclosure agreement is essential for an inventor who is preparing to disclose his invention prior to the filing of a patent application, such as when seeking to conduct confidential invention testing with a third party or engage a prototype manufacturer.
Further information about this case is as follows:
Filed: October 27, 2010 as 1:2010cv00376 Updated: October 28, 2010 20:17:29
Plaintiff: Romary Associates Inc
Defendants: Kibbi Incorporated, Kibbi LLC and McKibbin Enterprises Inc
Presiding Judge:Jon E DeGuilio
Referring Judge:Roger B Cosbey
Cause Of Action: Patent Infringement