The two lawsuits were filed on November 12, 2014, in the U.S. Federal District Court in Wilmington, Delaware.
In today's lawsuits, SHEEX alleges that Cocona's "Sleep 37.5 Sheets" and "Sleep Number Comfort Dry Sheets" and E&E's "Protech Performance" and "Protech Plus" infringe two SHEEX patents: U.S. Patent No. 8,402,580 ("the '580 patent"), issued on March 26, 2013, entitled "Fabric System," and U.S. Patent No. 8,566,982 ("the '982 patent"), issued on October 28, 2013, also entitled "Fabric System."
Previously, SHEEX filed a lawsuit on November 7, 2014, in the U.S. Federal District Court in Wilmington, Delaware, against BedGear, LLC (BedGear). That suit alleges that BedGear's "Dri-Tec Performance Sheets" also infringe these same two patents.
The inventions in these patents solved the technological challenges SHEEX faced by designing bed sheets made of high performance knit fabric. SHEEX uses its patented inventions in SHEEX performance sleep products. All three lawsuits allege these companies (BedGear, Cocona and E&E) are willfully infringing, disregarding and not respecting intellectual property rights of SHEEX.
"As you can see, we are very serious about vigorously protecting our patents," Michelle Marciniak, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of SHEEX said. "We take great pride in having invented, developed and patented our performance sleep bedding technology and will continue to fight to protect the integrity of our brand patents."
SHEEX invests substantial resources and time into the research and development of its performance sleep products and has received a number of patents for its inventions. SHEEX relies upon these patents and its patent portfolio to maintain and protect its reputation as the industry leader in performance bedding, and to protect its customers and consumers from inferior and/or imitation products that may suffer from quality or other issues and which may erode the market and wrongfully damage SHEEX's good reputation.
SHEEX is represented in the lawsuit by Fish & Richardson P.C., a global leader in patent litigation that has a proven record of successfully handling high-tech, high-stakes matters. Regularly recognized as one of the Nation's top patent litigation firms, Fish has a long history of litigating for technology pioneers, from the Wright brothers to today's innovators. Fish is proud to represent SHEEX and defend its innovation.
About SHEEX :
SHEEX, Inc., (SHEEX.com) is the world's first performance fabric bedding and sleepwear company with globally patented technology that provides optimal thermal conditions for deeper sleep powered by Sleep•Fit Technology. Inspired by the feel and breathability of athletic performance fabrics, Michelle Marciniak and Susan Walvius, the Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of SHEEX, shook up the bedding world in 2007 by inventing a whole new "Performance Bedding" category in home textiles through breathable, stretchable, moisture-wicking technical fabrics. Michelle and Susan were collegiate basketball coaches at the University of South Carolina before inventing SHEEX in 2007. Both were accomplished collegiate student-athletes: Walvius was a star player at Virginia Tech and later was the 2002 SEC Coach of the Year at the University of South Carolina. Marciniak starred in the WNBA and for USA Basketball and was a collegiate All-America when she played for legendary coach Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee, where she led the Lady Vols to two Final Fours and the1996 National Championship while earning Final Four MVP honors. Since their initial invention, SHEEX has grown from performance bed sheets to a full line of "top of the bed," performance cotton, fleece and more.
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