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Friday, June 8, 2012, 5:05 PM

Womble Carlyle’s North Carolina IP Practice Receives Highest Marks from Chambers USA

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—For the first time, Chambers USA has graded North Carolina Intellectual Property firms in its 2012 America's Leading Lawyers for Business report. And in this inaugural report, Womble Carlyle was named a Band 1 law firm for North Carolina Intellectual Property—the top ranking a firm can receive.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012, 12:45 PM

Whalen Furniture Sues Three For Patent Infringement

Whalen Furniture Mfg., Inc. (San Diego, CA) sued three companies in three different lawsuits filed simultaneously on June 5, 2012 in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  Whalen is accusing Bell'O International Corp., TechCraft Manufacturing, Inc., and Walker Edison Furniture Co., LLC of infringing U.S. Patent No. 8,191,485 entitled "Television Support and Mounting Kit" ("the '485 Patent").

The '485 Patent is directed to a universal TV support and mounting kit that allows a consumer to employ any of three modes of support:  (1) stand mount, (2) console mount, and (3) wall mount.  As furniture incorporates more and more technology, and as technology infiltrates more aspects of our lives and products, more utility patents and infringement suits will be seen in the furniture industry.


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