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Kitchen appliance company Breville has taken on rival Russell Hobbs in a patent infringement suit centring on a juicer.
Filed on Monday, November 21 at the US District Court for the Northern District of California, the claim alleged that Russell Hobbs and Spectrum Brands, both subsidiaries of SB Holdings, infringed US patent number 9,016,196.
The patent concerns a compact fruit and vegetable juicer with a full-size feed tube.
The compact juicer combines the “desirable characteristics” of good quality, high juicing capacity, and a full-size feed tube “in a compact juicer primarily for domestic use”.
One of the juicers sold by Breville in the US, the Juice Fountain Compact, Model BJE200XL, incorporates the patent.
According to the suit, since 2012 and 2015 the defendants have sold the Juiceman-brand Power Plus Compact Juicer with Citrus Attachment and the Juiceman-brand 2-in-1 Juice Extractor & Citrus Juicer.
Both of these products allegedly infringe the patent.
“Defendants’ infringing conduct is causing Breville irreparable harm and will continue to cause such harm without the issuance of an injunction,” said the suit.
Breville is seeking injunctive relief, a jury trial, and damages.
A spokesperson for Spectrum Brands said: “We have not currently been served with a copy of this complaint, and as such cannot comment on any allegations it contains. We are very serious about intellectual property rights, and take steps to ensure we respect the rights of others. If we are served with this suit, we will analyse it and respond appropriately.”
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