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Maxon Files Patent Complaints Against Four Competing Liftgate Manufacturers

Posted On: 8/5/2016

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TAGS: Maxon Industries Inc., Maxon lawsuit, lift gate lawsuit, Maxon Lift Corp., U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, lift gate patent infringement, Anthony Liftgates, Leyman Liftgates, Palfinger Liftgates, Waltco Liftgates

SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA -- Maxon Industries Inc., doing business as Maxon Lift Corp., said it has filed four patent complaints in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The four suits allege infringement of three patents that were issued to Maxon in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Named in the complaints are Anthony Liftgates, Leyman Liftgates, Palfinger Liftgates and Waltco Liftgates.

The patents in question relate to features in the Maxon BMR series column lift. Maxon charges that each company named in the complaints has been infringing these three patents. It is requesting monetary damages in an amount adequate to compensate for each defendant's violation, with interest and costs fixed by the court, including compensatory and treble damages, along with fees. Maxon is also asking the court to permanently enjoin the defendants from infringing Maxon's patents.

Maxon seeks damages from Waltco in excess of $25 million ($75 million if trebled), from Palfinger in excess of $15 million ($45 million if trebled), and from Leyman and Anthony in excess of $5 million each ($15 million if trebled). The company explained that the damages would triple if the court finds willful infringement.

Maxon was established to manufacture and market owner Max Lugash's Tuk-A-Way liftgate, which the company says is the largest-selling style of liftgate in North America. The company has been in business for more than 50 years.