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Countdown Begins to 2014 International Yo-Yo Championship

Duncan85yrslogoThe 2014 International Yo-Yo Championship, hosted by Duncan Toys, will take place on August 1 and 2 at the House of Blues, located at Downtown Disney West Side at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Yo-yo players of all ages from all parts of the globe will compete for the title of International Yo-Yo Champion. There will be five yo-yo competition divisions at the event, including yo-yos attached to a counterweight instead of the player’s finger for aerial style tricks; yo-yos not attached to the string, but are tossed as high as forty feet in the air; dual yo-yos; and more.

Travel packages will be available that include Walt Disney World Resort hotel accommodations and theme park admission.

Flambeau Inc. Obtains Victory in Patent Lawsuit

Flambeau Inc. has obtained a complete victory in a patent litigation case against eTAGZ Inc. On December 13, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah ruled from the bench that all patent claims against Flambeau by eTAGZ Inc. are invalid.

eTAGZ had accused a number of Flambeau’s Duncan Toy Co.‘s products and Flambeau Outdoors products of infringing 81 claims in three related patents. As part of its patent enforcement program, eTAGZ sued more than 40 other entities in a long string of lawsuits over these same patents, and it sent a large number of pre-litigation demands for licensing fees to others. As of the time of the ruling, several lawsuits were still pending against other parties on the patents at issue in the case.

Flambeau was represented in the lawsuit by the law firm Quarles & Brady LLP of Madison, Wis., and the team of Josephine Benkers, Michael J. Curley, Martha Jahn Snyder, Stacey A. Alexejun, and Anthony A. Tomaselli of Quarles & Brady, with the assistance of David Bennion of Parsons, Behle & Latimer as local counsel.