UPDATE: November 7, 2016:
The matter between HTM Lighting vs. AS Hanging Display Systems has been settled to mutual satisfaction of both parties without any admission of liability or fault by either.
When we offer up a news story on our Hang with the Best® blog it is usually a proud moment, such as an announcement of an award, a new product announcement or some other pleasant subject. However, with this story, the subject is of a more serious nature. Yes, we acknowledge imitation is the best form of flattery. However, on this matter we must draw a limit. On November 17, 2015 the company published a press release. I have copied the content here and will allow it to deliver our message.
AS Hanging Display Systems Files Complaint
Claims Infringement of Four US Patents
West Chazy, NY, November 17, 2015 – AS Hanging Display Systems (hereinafter “AS Hanging”) has filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against HTM Lighting for manufacturing, selling, and/or offering to sell hanging products which infringe multiple patents owned by AS Hanging. The specific products from AS Hanging which are being infringed upon are:
• Heavy Classic Hook
• J-End Cables
• J-End Cords
• Mini Hook
The infringing products fall under one or more claims in AS Hanging’s patent portfolio, which includes U.S. Design Patent Nos.: D600,100, D629,291, D699,548 and, D602,345.
The aforesaid patents provide AS Hanging with the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, or offering to sell in the United States, importing into the United States, or exporting from the United States, the claimed inventions during the term of the respective patents.
“AS Hanging will protect its intellectual property and cannot risk damage to its reputation, and the enormous goodwill associated with the company’s efforts as a leader in the hanging system market for decades. There are over 30,000 installations of the company’s products in North America, and beyond. We cannot stand by while the goodwill of our company, the reputation of our brands and the perceived quality of our products are undermined by cheap and inferior products, offered by companies that do not invest in their own development efforts but instead attempt to copy our valuable efforts”, said Dave Veilleux, VP, AS Hanging Display Systems. “We respect the designs and reputation of architects and designers who incorporate our products into their designs. We cannot allow confusion and poor user experiences caused by unsanctioned copies of our products. We will protect our good name and the project integrity of our clients.”
About AS Hanging Display Systems
AS Hanging Display Systems has manufactured hanging and display solutions for over 20 years. The company is an industry leader because of its expansive product line, quality solutions, and professional service. AS Hanging has completed over 30,000 installations for a wide variety of institutions, including: K-12 schools, higher education, hospitality, libraries, civic spaces, commercial buildings, museums, health care, and residences. Additional information is available at www.ASHanging.com, via its blog at blog.ashanging.com, and by phone at 866-935-6949.
We will keep you apprised of any updates to this matter. Thank you for your interest in our products and, by all means, be watchful of counterfeit products.
If you have questions or would like to learn more about how our products can be beneficial in your project, please contact our Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call at 866 935-6949 (toll free) or at our local number 450 619-7999.
When you hang with AS Hanging Systems, you Hang with the Best®