(Janet Walker)-- Smart Parts Inc. the paintball marker giant was recently charged with patent fraud on their patent US PAT. #182380. The patent covers all electronically operated paintball markers--monopolzing the industry.
--The Gardner brothers, partners in the business, have been charged with patent fraud before on US PAT. #172903 and US PAT. #177088, which they were acquitted for.
--"My clients rightfully own the patent in question" argues Andrew Stanton, Smart Parts Inc. defense lawyer, "In fact, my clients have owned the patent and the design for quite some time before other companies." Stanton argues that even if they didn't invent the idea, no one else acted on it. "I will be focusing on the lack of evidence in our case" he says.
--The industry giant recently sued two competitors, AKA Products and Indian Creek Designs. Both defending companies came to a settlement that ended the manufacturing of their markers. Airgun Designs stopped production of one of their lines of markers do to fear of a lawsuit.
--The first court hearing is scheduled June 3, 2004 and is expected to last for a number of weeks.
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