Stertil-Koni USA, Inc. has filed a patent, trade dress and copyright infringement lawsuit against Vehicle Services Group, LLC, which does business under the name Rotary Lift.
The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland (Baltimore), alleges that Rotary Lift’s EFX line of scissor lifts infringe on Stertil-Koni’s U.S. Patent No. 8,191,865, directed to a Device and System for Lifting a Motor Vehicle, Stertil-Koni says. Stertil-Koni makes and sells scissor lifts covered by its patent under the name Ecolift.
Stertil-Koni’s complaint also alleges that Rotary Lift has misappropriated the trade dress of Stertil-Koni’s Ecolift scissor lift, and that Rotary Lift infringed Stertil-Koni’s copyright by copying Stertil-Koni’s drawings for Rotary Lift’s EFX scissor lift. Stertil-Koni’s complaint seeks damages of an unspecified amount and an injunction preventing Rotary Lift from further acts of patent infringement, trade dress infringement and copyright infringement.
“Rotary Lift left us no choice since it has chosen to infringe our intellectual property rights,” says Dr. Jean Dellamore, president of Stertil-Koni.