LOS ANGELES – A Baldwin Park business is accused of infringing a battery pack design.
Corp. and Makita USA Inc. filed a complaint on Feb. 24 in the U.S.
District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division
against Kastar USA Inc. alleging patent infringement.
to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that they were caused to suffer
substantial loss and irreparable injury to their business and reputation
resulting from defendant's wrongful act of manufacturing, advertising
and selling battery products that are confusingly similar to plaintiffs'
distinctive design and marks. The plaintiffs hold Kastar USA Inc.
responsible because the defendant allegedly caused plaintiffs to suffer
lost profits and damages to their business, reputation and goodwill and
are likely to cause confusion and mistake in the minds of the public
with respect to the origin, affiliation, and source of defendant's
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek
judgment against defendant; monetary relief; account for all gains,
profits, and advantages derived from infringement; disgorge all
benefits; restitution; costs of action; attorneys’ fees; costs;
disbursements; trebling of damages, and further relief as the court may
deem just. They are represented by Michael K. Friedland and Benjamin A.
Katzenellenbogen of Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear LLP in Irvine.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division Case number 2:17-cv-01537