Reflective Apparel Factory, Inc. (“Reflective”), a Georgia corporation headquartered in Marietta, seeks a declaratory judgment against Carolina Safety Acquisition, LLC (“Carolina”), a Delaware limited liability company operating out of North Carolina, that Reflective does not infringe U.S. Patent No. 7,735,151 (the ‘151 Patent).
According to the complaint, Reflective is in the business of supplying “high-visibility garments to various industries in order to enhance” employee safety. An image of one of the accused products – the VEA-552 Public Safety Vest is pictured below:
Reflective alleges that Carolina has engaged in a series of assertions of patent infringement against industry participants since the ‘171 Patent issued on June 15, 2010. The complaint alleges that patent suits relating to the ‘171 Patent have been brought and dismissed with no known payments to Carolina involving industry participants M.L. Kishigo Manufacturing Company, Fechheimer Brothers Company, and W. W. Grainger, Inc.