Swagway also recently launched its Swagway Cares program to support environmental and charitable causes. On the immediate agenda is the Swagway's sponsorship of Reef Check Foundation's 20th Anniversary Gala, to take place in Santa Monica on September 15, 2016. Reef Check provides ecologically sound and economically sustainable solutions to save reefs around the world by creating partnerships between community volunteers, government agencies, businesses, universities, and other nonprofits.
While Swagway continues to focus its resources to improve consumer safety, develop high quality products, and community engagement, it was targeted in a Complaint for Patent Infringement. The complaint was filed on August 19, 2016, in the US District Court for the Northern District of California by Hangzhou Chic Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd.'s ("Chic"), a company with no known location or brand recognition in the United States. Swagway has commenced its vigorous defense against Chic's allegations.
Swagway's position is summarized by Jason Wakefield, Marketing Director for Swagway LLC, who states, "As an industry leader, we unfortunately are a target for outlandish allegations and defamation by companies like Chic. While we fiercely defend our brand, we choose to focus on more positive matters such as our new Swagway Cares program and reiterating our commitment to quality and consumer safety."
Swagway filed its Answer on August 26, 2016, and denies all allegations of patent infringement. Swagway has also countersued Chic to assert non-infringement of Chic's patents, and invalidity and unenforceability of Chic's patents based on improper inventorship and Chic's fraudulent conduct before the US Patent and Trademark Office in securing its patents.
In addition, also on August 26, 2016, Swagway filed a separate Complaint against Chic, and its agents Jansco Marketing, Inc., and COKeM International, Ltd., in the US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, seeking damages for unfair competition under the Lanham Act and the laws of Indiana, tortious interference with business relationships and defamation. Swagway seeks a restraining order to prohibit Chic and its agents from further contact with Swagway's customers and $30,000,000.00 in damages against Chic and its agents.
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