Intellectual Property Team Defends Client Against Infringers

Client Alerts · December 21, 2017

Earlier this month, a team of our Intellectual Property Group attorneys, led by Michael Ercolini and including Paul Hayes, Aaron Jacobs, Jonathan DeBlois, and Daniel McGonagle, won a significant victory for our client Anova Culinary, the leading maker of sous vide cooking devices in the U.S.  Our IP team helped Anova win a preliminary injunction against seven manufacturers in China for their unauthorized use of Anova’s distinctive trade dress and trademark on dozens of copycat products sold through Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, and other retailers.

Anova has had significant commercial success, rising from a crowdfunded start-up in 2014 to a major company that was acquired by Swedish appliance brand Electrolux AB for $250 million in early 2017. This latest legal win comes just two weeks after our IP team helped Anova secure a timely Temporary Restraining Order against the infringing companies in advance of Black Friday and Cyber Monday,  two of Anova’s biggest sales days of 2017.

On the strength of these victories, our IP group has assisted Anova in securing agreements from Amazon.com, major international trade websites, and in some cases, the defendants themselves, to remove the infringing content and copycat products from the marketplace and the stream of commerce.

If you have any further questions about this victory, or would like to learn more about how our Intellectual Property Group can help protect your company against infringers and copycats, please contact Michael Ercolini, who is leading Prince Lobel’s efforts on behalf of Anova, at 617.456.8084 or mercolini@princelobel.com, or Robert Gilman, the head of our Intellectual Property Group, at 617.456.8017 or rgilman@princelobel.com.