Silverlit, Spin Master win lawsuit

US court orders sales of infringing product to stop and stock to be destroyed.
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Silverlit Toys and Spin Master have been successful in their legal action against manufacturer, Westminster, as the firms continue to protect the AirHogs patent.

In October 2007 the two firms filed a joint lawsuit against Westminster and KB Toys to stop sales of the Thunder Wolf, a competing mini helicopter.

Almost six moths later and Westminster and the retailer who had purchased the product, have been ordered by the US District Court to cease further sales of it.

Furthermore, Westminster has been ordered to pay for past sales while the retailer has been ordered to collect and destroy any remaining stock.

The win is the latest in a series of design patent cases filed by Spin Master and Silverlit, confronting infringing distributors, major US retailers and manufacturers.

Anton Rabie, CEO, Spin Master, said: “We will continue to protect our interests in this manner and show that if our rights are infringed we will act.”

Eddie Wong, director of sales and marketing for Silverlit, added: “We spend thousands each year on the patents and seeking to protect the Havoc Heli. It is an ongoing battle but the message is still the same - we will not allow any third party to infringe our patents and if you refuse to cease selling the product we shall not hesitate to take action.”

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