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NEW ORLEANS, LA: Intellectual Property Consulting (“IPC”), a top-tier intellectual property law firm and industry leader in complex patent and trademark matters, with the support and trust of Laitram's distinguished in-house patent team, announces today that after successful prosecution, Laitram has been granted United States Patent No. 11,235,932 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The awarding of the patent, entitled "Modular Roller Conveyor," expands Laitram's deep intellectual property portfolio as well as IPC's reputation as a national and international leader in patent prosecution.
"The successful prosecution of this patent application is an excellent reflection of our team's commitment to our clients throughout the patent prosecution process," said attorney Stephen Kepper. "It has been a pleasure to work with Laitram, and we're proud to share with them in this accomplishment." IPC Founder and Managing Partner Greg Latham agreed, saying, "We are pleased with the USPTO’s decision to grant this patent to Laitram. Our experienced legal team is looking forward to supporting Laitram's future successes."
The “Modular Roller Conveyor” patent was developed by inventor Bryant G. Ragan to aid in the transportation and storage of items through multi-purpose conveyors and individual conveyor modules. Traditional conveyor systems are used by suppliers and manufacturers to transport items from between locations and require forklifts, trucks, and other machinery and physical labor. In addition, this transportation process also often requires pallets to move items, which are constructed of wood or other materials that may be prone to wear and degrade over time. All of these factors increase the likelihood that the products being transported may be damaged or lost in the supply chain process. This invention allows for automation of the loading and unloading of products, therefore removing the physical process of loading and unloading pallets, improving product capacity, and enhancing warehouse efficiencies in transporting and storing individual items.
Additional patent details, including a background, summary, and references, are available here.
Laitram is a global manufacturing leader across multiple industries, with over 2,900 employees, over 1300 actively held patents, and 11 locations worldwide. Founded in 1949, the company has a deep focus on innovation with an intense commitment to integrity, teamwork, continuous improvement, self-management, and developing the potential of each employee.
For more information on Laitram and its company divisions, visit http://www.laitram.com/our-divisions.
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Intellectual Property Consulting (IPC) is a top-tier intellectual property firm providing first-in-class legal solutions in the areas of trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, entertainment, software, and Internet law. Built and led by IP lawyers, IPC serves clients across a diverse set of industries through business consulting and strategy, licensing, litigation, risk aversion, copyright, and trademark prosecution.
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IPC recently filed a Complaint on behalf of client, Wilco Marsh Buggies & Draglines, Inc., alleging that Weeks Marine, Inc., a New Jersey corporation doing business in Louisiana, infringed and misappropriated Wilco's intellectual property, specifically its United States Patent No. 6,918,801, entitled “AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE.”
Wilco is a builder of specialty soft terrain vehicles and equipment, including amphibious excavators from marsh buggies and cargo carriers to long-arm amphibious excavators.
If you have questions relating to patent infringement issues, the professionals at IPC can help. Give us a call at 504-322-7166.
IPC recently obtained a patent for its client, Perry Turner Llewellyn of Jacksonville, NC, who specializes in the manufacturing of suppressors for his company, Ballistic Research and Machine. The patent covers a new suppressor assembly for a firearm that allows the suppressor portion of the assembly to be used interchangeably with a blank firing adaptor.
If you have questions about obtaining a patent for your method or invention or would like to discuss ways to protect your product or brand, contact our professionals at (504) 322-7166 for more information on how IPC can help.
IPC successfully negotiated a patent license on behalf of its client, Edge-Works Manufacturing Company. The licensed patents owned by Edge-Works are US Pat No. 9,795,210 and 9,668,568, both covering an expandable carry pouch with variable compression.
Wilder Tactical, LLC, a competitor in the manufacture of tactical gear products, is required to pay Edge-Works a royalty on future sales of several Wilder products. The products manufactured and sold by Wilder that are covered by the license include various products in its Universal product line, including its Tourniquet Pouch, Handcuff Holder, Flashlight/Pepper Spray Holder, Pistol Magazine Pouch, AR-15 Magazine Pouch, and .308 Magazine Pouch.
If you have a need for help securing and monetizing your patent rights, please contact IPC for assistance at (504) 322-7166.
IPC Patent Attorney, Stephen Kepper, successfully assisted Edge-Works Manufacturing Company in obtaining a patent (US Pat. No. 10,675,196) covering a quick release, back carry first aid medical kit.
The invention relates in general to portable first aid kits and, in particular to a low profile first aid kit that is adaptable for a quick release and can be easily stored and carried by a person. The innovative design of the pouch pillow release system allows for the kit to be released with one hand and mounted either vertically or horizontally to any carrier, plate or vest surface, especially the back. Placement on the back allows the user to take advantage of unused space and prioritize individual equipment layout. Additionally, a shoulder strap allows the first aid kit to be easily carried until it is remounted to the carrier or vest surface.
An IPC client since 2013, Edge-Works is located in Burgaw, NC and is part of the tactical gear and tactical equipment industry. Edge-Works uses high-tech CAD/CAM processes to develop highly efficient and unique methods of manufacturing. These methods yield a high level of precision and repeatability in production with unique, patent pending features.
If you have questions about patents, contact our professionals at (504) 322-7166 for more information on how IPC can help.