Guy Chambers Adds Federal Circuit Victory in f’real Foods Patent DisputeNovember 2018
Sideman & Bancroft’s successfully convinced the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on November 16, 2018 to reaffirm the validity of a key patent, U.S. Patent No. 7,520,662 (“662 patent”), for f’real’s self-cleaning blender technology. With Mr. Chambers’ support, f’real continues to vigorously protect its patented technology and maintain its status as a leading company in the field of pre-prepared, self-serve milkshakes.
Mr. Chambers filed a patent enforcement action in Delaware District Court for f’real in October 2014 to prevent Hamilton Beach and its partner, Hershey Creamery Company, from continuing to copy f’real’s patented blender technology. Hamilton Beach then mounted five challenges to f’real’s blender patents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which Mr. Chambers successfully defended – not a single f’real claim was found invalid. The Federal Circuit decision affirmed the Patent Office’s validity finding for f’real’s ‘662 patent “During the past four years, we have repeatedly proven that f’real’s patents are valid and we are thrilled to move one step closer to putting a stop to the misappropriation of f’real’s breakthrough technology,” said Mr. Chambers.