SAN FRANCISCO – An Emeryville corporation that manufactures barbecue accessory products claims a Pennsylvania business makes products that infringe its patented designs.

Charcoal Companion Inc. filed a complaint on Nov. 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Medium Rare Industries Inc., doing business as Cave Tools, alleging patent infringement.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that it owns the '639 and '702 patents for a smoker box for holding food-flavoring wood chips as additional product for its business of barbecue accessory products. It alleges the defendant has made, imported, used and sold smoker box products that are covered by the patents owned by the plaintiff, thereby causing plaintiff damages

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in its favor, enjoin defendant from further infringement, damages, total profit on account of infringement, attorney's fees and further relief as the court deems just. It is represented by Donald L. Beeson of Beeson Skinner Beverly LLP in Oakland.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 4:16-cv-06564

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