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.

Hasbro Files Infringement Lawsuits Against Toy Companies

Hasbro, Inc. has filed lawsuits against Buzz Bee Toys, Inc. and Lanard Toys, Inc. for patent infringement for its Nerf and Super Soaker brands. The lawsuits were filed in the United States Federal Court in Springfield, Mass.

Hasbro is seeking to enjoin both companies from infringing two U.S. patents relating to its Nerf-N-Strike Disc Shot blaster. Additionally, the company has sued Buzz Bee Toys for infringing its Nerf Super Soaker water product patent. Hasbro is also seeking monetary damages from both companies for illegal use of its patented technology.