Thursday, March 18, 2010, 10:14 AM

Kingsdown Sues Spring Air On "Automatic Mattress Selection System" Patent

Mebane, North Carolina based Kingsdown, Inc. filed a patent infringement action against Spring Air International, LLC of Chelsea, Massachusetts on March 16, 2010 in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina (Civil Action No. 1:10-cv-00212).

The complaint alleges infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,741,950 ("the '950 patent"), entitled "Automatic Mattress Selection System." A copy of the patent may be found by clicking [here]. The '950 patent is directed to a method and system for selection of mattresses, primarily through a pressure-mapping system involving a pressure-sensitive air mattress connected to a computer system. Kingsdown's complaint alleges that Spring Air's "Comfort Silhouette Imaging" system consitutes "contributory and/or induced infringement" as well as direct infringement. Under recent case law applying the Supreme Court's Iqbal decision, it is doubtful that Kingsdown's contributory and induced infringement claim would withstand a motion to dismiss as it fails to identify the other parties involved in the infringement and how Kingsdown induces or contributes towards their infringement.

Kingsdown is represented by Mark Thomas of Williams Mullen.


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May 30, 2010 at 7:35 PM  

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