S&B Candy and Toy Co. Comments On Elaut vs. St. Louis Game Co.; Denies Infringement

TAGS: S&B Candy and Toy Company, St. Louis Game Company, claw machine, skill cranes, amusement games, Brian Riggles, Elaut NV, Elaut USA Inc., Elaut vs. S&B Entertainment, U.S. Patent No. 8,251,369, Marty Luepker

ST. LOUIS, MO--June 29, 2016-- For two and a half decades, S&B Candy and Toy Company and game division St. Louis Game Company have been developing new and innovative high-quality cranes and amusement games. S&B founder and president Brian Riggles has been awarded both utility and design patents for his game innovations. As a result, S&B has full respect for the intellectual property of other manufactures. In 25 years of competition in the amusement industry, S&B has never been involved in an intellectual property lawsuit.

S&B regrettably announces that despite it's attempts to resolve various issues since November 2014, Elaut NV and Elaut USA, Inc. have filed suit if the United States District Court of New Jersey against S&B Candy and Toy Company and St. Louis Game Company, along with manufacturer Tommy Bear Co., LTD, alleging infringement of Elaut's U.S. Patent No. 8,251,369. S&B denies the allegations in the complaint.

In summer 2014, St. Louis Game Company contracted Tommy Bear Ltd. of Taiwan to produce all metal cranes with very high quality components and unique options and promoted the new crane in amusement trade ads beginning in September 2014. Days before the IAAPA Attractions Expo in November 2014, Elaut pointed out that the new Tommy Bear cranes were using lights similar to LEDs described in its U.S. Patent No. 8,251,369. S&B contends the products did not infringe upon any of Elaut's intellectual property. However, out of respect and to resolve the matter amicably, S&B ceased production with Tommy Bear and imported no more of the cranes in question after September 2014.

"I was completely puzzled when we received notice of a lawsuit with Elaut," said S&B product manager Marty Luepker. "I had discussed the Tommy Bear Cranes with Glenn Kramer, CEO of Elaut USA, and offered to purchase the rights for the use of their LED design on future cranes."

Riggles added: "Why are they (Elaut) focused on the past? We made a short run of cranes they didn't like a couple years ago, I talked with Glenn and really thought this was over. I am moving forward, we only made a handful of the 'Lucky Ducky Derby' and now have a dozen new crane designs and a couple hundred beautiful machines ready to ship."

S&B's latest crane concept the Prize Express was awarded the coveted AMOA Innovator Award, presented to only a few manufacturers annually by the Amusement and Music Operators Association.

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