IPC recently represented its client, Edge-Works Manufacturing Company, in three separate lawsuits against all against one of its competitors, HSG, LLC. All of the lawsuits were filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina and dealt with issues of breach of contract, federal false advertising claims, and patent infringement arising out of the manufacture and sale of ammunition magazine carriers.
In the breach of contract suit, HSG alleged Edge-Works breached a prior settlement agreement by selling its unique softshell scorpion carriers. That case was resolved on summary judgment and IPC was able to obtain an attorneys’ fee award of $56,876 for Edge-Works.
In the false advertising suit, HSG alleged that Edge-Works falsely advertised the material used for its Softshell Scorpion carrier. IPC successfully had those claims dismissed at the earliest stages of litigation; however, HSG appealed that ruling to the Fourth Circuit.
As to the patent infringement lawsuit, Edge-Works claimed HSG’s Polymer Taco products, Kydex Handcuff Taco and Kydex Tourniquet Taco infringed Edge-Works’ patents bearing U.S. Pat. No. 9,795,210 and 9,668,568, covering variable compression magazine carriers.
The parties recently reached a global settlement resolving all of these disputes. Although the specific terms of the settlement are confidential, IPC was pleased that it could assist Edge-Works in bringing a global resolution to all these disputes that Edge-Works found to be favorable.
IPC attorneys, Stephen Kepper and Greg Latham, were lead counsel for Edge-Works in all these matters. IPC has served as Edge-Works’ counsel for over seven years, and during that time, has helped Edge-Works develop, defend, and monetize a portfolio of issued patents and federally registered trademarks.
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