Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 12:13 PM

Massage Chair Manufacturer Awarded Over $9 Million In Infringement Actions

In an exemplary display of how intellectual property can protect furniture rights, Human Touch, a Long Beach, CA-based manufacturer of massage chairs, announced today that it was awarded more than $9 million in two separate actions that involved trademarks, trade dress, unfair competition, and patents.

As reported by Home Furnishings Business, Human Touch was awarded a jury verdict $4.55 million against American Lighting Industry for trademark and trade dress infringement as well as unfair competition. Additional awards of $2.8 million and $425,000 were awarded to Human Touch against King Kong USA and King Kong Presdient Bernard Koay respectively.

The trademarks all include the name Human Touch. The trade dress rights extended to the design and overall appearance of Human Touch's HTT-100 model massage chair.

In a separate action, Human Touch was awarded another $1.7 million in patent infringement damages for infringement of Human Touch's patent (U.S. Pat. No. 6,629,940) covering lower leg message technology used in the footrest of some of its chairs. The defendant in that case is WFO Imports, LLC.

The fully story from Home Furnishings Business may be found here. Human Touch's press release may be found here.

1 Comments:

Anonymous s said...

The trademarks all include the name Human Touch. The trade dress rights extended to the design and overall appearance of Human Touch's HTT-100 model massage chair.


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