SAN FRANCISCO –
A Palmdale inventor claims his patented tools are being sold and manufactured without this authorization.
Alden Gajo filed a complaint on Jan. 25
in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
against Chicago Brand, Eva Stone and Holly Smith
alleging breach of contract, copyright infringement, trademark
infringement and other counts.
According to the complaint, the
plaintiff alleges that he is the inventor and patent owner of the Alden
wrench and that Chicago Brand was one of the distributors selling the
wrench. The suit states Stone sold Chicago Brand to Smith.
alleges that his company, A&S Industrial Tools and Instruments,
contracted with K. Fung Trading Co. to manufacture the wrenches but the
business relationship was ended. The suit states K. Fung Trading Co.
still has the tooling and molds. The plaintiff holds Chicago
Brand, Stone and Smith responsible because the defendants allegedly
continued to import the wrenches from F. Fung Trading Co. with the
plaintiff's trademarks without authorization.
requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants; unpaid
royalties; general, special and actual damages; profits from the alleged
infringement; injunctive relief; impound counterfeit products; costs of
action; professional fees; and additional relief as the court finds
just. He is representing himself.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 4:17-cv-00380