BATON ROUGE — A fishing lures designer is suing Bass Pro Intellectual Property LLC and Bass Pro Outdoor World LLC, licensee and patentee, citing alleged wrongful allegations.
Reel World Sport Fishing LLC filed a complaint on Oct. 11, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against the defendants alleging that they failed to comply with the statutory requirements for patentability under the U.S. Patent Law.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that it was wrongfully accused of patent infringement of defendants' Patent No. 8,789,308 Fishing Lure. Defendant's allegations place a doubt over plaintiff's products, particularly with its relationship with its manufacturers, distributors and customers. The plaintiff holds Bass Pro Intellectual Property LLC and Bass Pro Outdoor World LLC responsible because the defendants allegedly unlawfully claimed a monopoly over all multi-section and jointed fishing lures.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks declaratory judgment of non-infringement, unenforceability, and invalidity of U.S. Patent No. 8,789,308, enjoining defendants from threatening to assert any charge of infringement, award for plaintiff's costs and expenses and such other relief as the court deems proper. It is represented by Thomas S. Keaty of Keaty Law Firm in New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Case number 3:16-cv-00675