On June 18, 2014, Python Safety, Inc. (“Python”), of Woodstock, GA filed a complaint against Ty-Flot, Inc. (“Ty-Flot”), of Manchester, NH, alleging federal trade dress infringement and unfair competition, infringement of US Patent No. 8,646,768, violation of Georgia Deceptive Trade Practices, Georgia statutory and common law unfair competition, and Georgia common law trade dress infringement and unjust enrichment.
Python Safety sells a variety of products relating to drop prevention solutions including items such as hard hat tethers, single tool holsters, safe buckets and dual tool holsters. Examples of these products are depicted below. According to the complaint, Python Safety has developed an inherently distinctive trade dress for its products which is essential to its business and to customers’ identification of Python Safety as the source of the products and includes a particular appearance and color contrast.
Python is also the owner by assignment of US Patent No. 8,646,768 (the ‘768 patent) which was filed on March 16, 2010, claimed priority to a provisional application filed on March 16, 2009, and issued on February 11, 2014. The ‘768 Patent describes a novel quick spin holder for tools and accessories. Additionally, the ‘768 Patent describes methods for using the novel holder. Figure 1 of the ‘768 Patent is reproduced to the right.
Accordingly, Python seeks judgement that Ty-Flot has directly or indirectly infringed one or more claims of the ‘768 patent in violation of 35 U.S.C. § 271, an injunction restraining Ty-Flot from using the Python trade dress or doing any act that might cause confusion as to the source of products, including a compliance report and surrender or destruction of infringing materials, judgement and an order for accounting and payment of all damages for infringement of the ‘768 patent, to be trebled because of allegedly willfulness and deliberateness, ,judgement in the amount of Python’s damages for trade dress infringement, and judgement for enhanced damages, punitive damages, reasonable attorneys fees, and costs.
The case is Python Safety, Inc. v. Ty-Flot, Inc., Case No. 1:14-cv-01918-WSD, filed June 18, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta division, and is assigned to Judge William S. Duffey, Jr..