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Neustel News – Fitness Celeb Claims Gym Infringed Exercise Machine, IP (Law360 Article)

Law360 did an article on our recent lawsuit on behalf of Lagree to enforce its patents, trademarks and copyrights.  Below is the initial portion of the article and a link to the full Law360 article:

Fitness Celeb Claims Gym Infringed Exercise Machine, IP

Law360, Los Angeles (February 17, 2017, 7:57 PM EST) — Fitness guru and celebrity trainer Sebastien Lagree and his Lagree Fitness sued the BodyRok franchise in California federal court on Friday alleging infringement of his patents, copyright and trademarks with a fitness machine nearly identical to his “Megaformer.”  Lagree’s Pilates-style fitness program is practiced in more than 300 licensed studios around the world, the complaint said. He also has patents for exercise machines in the program, including the “Megaformer,” which is designed to work core muscles in various ways and only sold to Lagree-licensed studios.  In a detailed 52-page complaint, Lagree accused BodyRok and its founders, who once had licensed Lagree programs, of debuting a fitness machine that infringes his patents for the Megaformer, as well as copying other aspects of Lagree’s program.  Read Entire Article

Neustel News – PTAB Zaps Patent Covering Hot Pockets Sleeves (Law360 Article)

Law360 did a nice article regarding our successful IPR challenge invalidating all 53 claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,872,078 which is a patent on microwave susceptor sleeves used with HOT POCKETS® food products. Below is the initial portion of the article and a link to the full Law360 article:

PTAB Zaps Patent Covering Hot Pockets Sleeves
Law360, New York (February 10, 2017, 7:04 PM EST) — The Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated as obvious a food packager’s patent covering cardboard sleeves that encase Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets freezer items, according to a recently unsealed decision.  … Read Entire Article.

Neustel Success – IPR Decision Finds All 53 Claims Unpatentable for Patent on Microwave Susceptor Sleeves Used with HOT POCKETS® and LEAN CUISINE® Food Products

On January 10, 2017, the PTAB issued a Final Written Decision in an Inter Partes Review (IPR2015‐01609) finding all 53 claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,872,078 unpatentable.  The ‘078 patent is owned by Graphic Packaging International, Inc. and relates to technology used for microwave susceptor sleeves.  Graphic Packaging had sued Inline Packaging for infringement of the ‘078 patent in U.S. Federal District Court over its alleged sale of microwave susceptor materials to Nestlé for use with certain HOT POCKETS® and/or LEAN CUISINE® branded food products.  Neustel Law Offices represented the IPR Petitioner, Inline Packaging, LLC, a small microwave susceptor packaging business with approximately 50 employees in Princeton, Minnesota in the successful IPR campaign.