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EK USA and SnugZ USA Settle Lawsuit

EK USA (asi/51201) announced it has settled a lawsuit against SnugZ USA (asi/88060) over alleged patent infringement.

EK, a 30-year manufacturer of accessories based in Logan, UT, alleged that SnugZ infringed upon EK’s patent for the Power Cord Lanyard and Power Cord Eyewear Retainer. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and EK says SnugZ has since ceased selling the products.

“SnugZ has been on my heels, watching me for years,” Ed Kalbach, owner of EK USA, told Counselor. “For this particular instance, I have a utility patent. So if they’re going to knock us off and we have the protection, we’re going to go after them.”

Cort Saxton, director of sales at EK, said, “We have to be vigilant and protect our intellectual property.” EK currently holds more than 25 patents and has pursued litigation for patent infringement in the past.

SnugZ USA, based in West Jordan, UT, declined to comment. The company is ranked on Counselor’s list of the Top 40 suppliers, with estimated 2015 North American revenue of $39 million.