Hanamint receives patent for Lazy Susan table and files patent infringement lawsuit
Carole Sloan -- Casual Living, June 19, 2006
Hanamint Corporation, a leading manufacturer of cast aluminum outdoor products, announced the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Hanamint a patent related to its innovative line of umbrella tables with an inlaid Lazy Susan.
To enforce its patent rights, Hanamint filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina against Alliant Marketing Group, Home Casual Enterprises, Casual Home Enterprises and Home Casual Enterprises Company for infringement of its newly issued patent. Hanamint alleges these defendants are involved in importing and selling an umbrella table with an inlaid lazy Susan covered by Hanamint's patent. The federal court complaint identifies River Delta II and Catalina Outdoor Dining Collection as names under which the defendants marketed the products. Hanamint seeks an injunction against the defendants to stop all U.S. sales and imports of the infringing products, as well as royalties for past sales following the publication of Hanamint's patent application. This adds to a growing list of patents protecting original designs by the company, which has distribution facilities in Greensboro, N.C., and Las Vegas, and manufacturing facilities in Shanghai and Jiaxing, China.