SAN FRANCISCO – A manufacturer of furniture for the hospitality industry alleges a North Caroline business copied the patented design of one of its chairs.

Global Allies LLC filed a complaint on Sept. 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Brookline Furniture Co. LLC alleging patent infringement.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Feb. 28, 2012, Global Allies LLC was awarded patent registration for a task chair known as the Laguna Task Chair. However, the suit states that the defendants had infringed on the said intellectual property by copying, importing and selling the infringing product without prior knowledge or express consent from plaintiff.

The plaintiff holds Brookline Furniture Co. LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly offered for sale a product that was not its original creation and entered into a contract to produce an infringing design.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in its favor, account defendant's profits from infringement, damages, final injunction, attorneys' fees, costs, disbursements and further relief as the court may deem just. It is represented by Spencer Hosie, Diane S. Rice, Anthony K. Lee, Lyndsey C. Heaton and Darrell R. Atkinson of Hosie Rice LLP in San Francisco.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 4:16-cv-05574

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