Success of cases encourages small businesses to take legal action against online counterfeiters
PITTSBURGH, PA (August 27, 2019) – Ference & Associates, an intellectual property law firm, announced today that it has secured judgments in excess of $175 million against online counterfeiters of the Negg® egg peeler, as well as permanent injunctive relief. The plaintiff in these cases is Connecticut-based Airigan Solutions, LLC, whose owners invented the Negg®. The counterfeit products were sold on the Alibaba, AliExpress, Amazon, eBay, and Wish e-commerce marketplaces.
In the most recent judgment, 38 defendants were enjoined from selling counterfeit versions of the Negg® on Amazon.com. Judge Nora Barry Fischer of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania awarded the maximum of $2 million in statutory damages per defendant under Lanham Act, for a total damage award of $76 million.
“Our success in securing these multi-million dollar judgments is proof positive that the courts are also against the counterfeiting of various products,” said Stanley Ference, managing partner, Ference & Associates. “This is encouraging news that will help us continue to defend our clients and protect their brands from attacks on their intellectual property rights.”
“This case should further encourage other manufacturers to not only secure the rights to their products, but also feel confident that even small businesses can legally take down online counterfeiters,” said Sheila Torgan, co-inventor of the Negg®. “With appropriate legal representation, your invention remains your property.”
Stanley Ference was assisted in this matter by Brian Samuel Malkin and the team of attorneys and professionals at Ference & Associates.
About Ference & Associates
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ference & Associates provides a full range of intellectual property legal services to global and national clients in technology-intensive industries including software, electronics, biotech, and entertainment.
For more information about Ference & Associates, please see ferencelaw.com.
About Airigan Solutions, LLC
Airigan Solutions, LLC was founded in 2015 by Bonnie Tyler and Sheila Torgan, co-creators of the Negg®, a patented egg peeler used by chefs and at-home cooks. The Negg® egg peeler makes it possible to peel a dozen eggs in less than four minutes.
Information about the Negg® egg peeler may be found at peelanegg.com.
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