Sideman & Bancroft’s Guy Chambers Wins Permanent Injunction for f’real foods Against Patent InfringersJuly 2020
On July 22, Sideman & Bancroft’s Guy Chambers successfully secured a permanent injunction for f’real foods, LLC mandating that the Hershey Creamery Co. remove all Hamilton Beach MIC2000 blenders from the U.S. market within the next 30 days. This ruling from Judge Colm F. Connolly of Delaware U.S. District Court arises from a May 2019 verdict in which a federal jury determined that Hamilton Beach Brands and Hershey Creamery Co. infringed on three of f’real’s self-cleaning blender patents. Four previous attempts by Hamilton Beach Brands to invalidate f’real’s self-cleaning blender patents at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals were unsuccessful.
“Judge Connolly’s ruling underscores the importance of laws created to protect intellectual property in the United States and the companies whose businesses, like f’real, are built and rely on innovation,” said Allison Lewin, SVP Sales & Marketing, f’real foods. “We hope this sends a clear and strong message that we will always defend our proprietary inventions and will not allow others to illegally infringe on f’real’s patented technology.”
Established in 1998, f’real foods is a subsidiary of Rich Products that designs, sells and markets blended frozen beverages in more than 19,000 locations across the U.S. and Canada including convenience stores, military bases and colleges & universities. f’real launched its patented self-cleaning blender involved in the lawsuit in 2003, providing consumers with the ability to quickly prepare their own milkshakes and smoothies, while offering operators the convenience of automatic sanitization.