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Brown Jordan Asserts Patent Infringement

By Home Furnishings Business in on March 2007 Brown Jordan International, Louisville, Ky., announced Wednesday that it has filed patent infringement lawsuits against two of its rivals.

The suit filed in federal court in Kentucky alleges that all-weather woven furniture products being sold by Lloyd/Flanders and Laneventure infringe on patents Brown Jordan acquired from Sun Isle. Brown

Jordan acquired more than 60 U.S. and international design patents, utility patents and pending applications relating to all-weather woven furniture products from Sun Isle in November, as well as trademarks that include the Sun Isle name.

€œWe€™re hoping these legal actions will be a key opportunity to educate manufacturers and retailers on the existence of this intellectual property,€ said Chris Carmicle, BJI€™s president, national accounts and direct imports division. €œAll of the patents are a matter of public record and should be taken extremely seriously.€

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