Tire Service Equipment Manufacturing Co., Inc. (TSISSG) announced Wednesday the conclusion of its patent infringement litigation against Gaither Tool Co. in the Federal Court of Canada.
The Honourable Mr. Justice Annis of the Federal Court has entered a consent judgment and injunction finding that Gaither’s U.S. Bead Bazooka line of tire bead seaters infringes on TSISSG’s Canadian Patent 2,373,067, which covers TSISSG’s Cheetah Cannon product in Canada, and finding that Gaither induced infringement in Canada of TSISSG’s patent.
TSISSG says the Court entered a permanent injunction enjoining Gaither from “directly or indirectly making, using, selling, offering for sale or importing or causing or inducing others to make, use, sell, offer to sell, or import” all of Gaither’s Bead Bazooka products in Canada for the term of Canadian Patent No. 2,373,067.
As a result of the injunction, TSISSG’s patented Cheetah Cannon bead seater remains as the only push button, automated discharge bead seater, covered by Canadian Patent No. 2,373,067, on the market in Canada. The Cheetah Cannon represents the next evolution of TSISSG’s classic Cheetah line of bead seaters, and is available in a range of models through TSISSG’s nationwide distribution network, the company says.
“We are pleased that we have again successfully enforced our valuable patent rights and maintained our position as the most innovative tire bead seater supplier in the United States and Canada,” says Randy Kindel, TSISSG vice president of sales. “Our technological advantage began with our patented CH-O5 Cheetah line of tire bead seaters and now continues with our Cheetah Cannon tire bead seaters, and will continue with even newer innovations.”