American Fireglass™ Wins Patent Case Against Moderustic

Mar 15, 2016, 16:10 ET from American Fireglass

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif., March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- American Fireglass, the world's premier manufacturer of fireplace/fire pit glass and related burner products, today announced that the company has successfully completed its Inter Partes Reexamination of Moderustic's core U.S. Patent No. 7,976,360 (the "Core Patent") before the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Federal Circuit has affirmed the USPTO's decision, disallowing all of the claims of the Core Patent  as being unpatentable and obvious in light of prior art. (See USPTO Reexamination Control No. 95/001,724 and Federal Circuit Case No. 2015-1772.)

"The Federal Circuit's ruling is a total victory for American Fireglass," said Phillip C. Samouris of Higgs, Fletcher & Mack LLP, who represented American Fireglass in the case, together with Charles F. Reidelbach of Higgs, Fletcher. "The Federal Circuit affirmed the USPTO's ruling, disallowing all of the claims of the Core Patent, showing once and for all that Moderustic's Core Patent is invalid and unenforceable."

"We are extremely pleased at the outcome of this lawsuit," said Matt Doll, CEO of American Fireglass. "About a dozen companies manufacture Fireglass and winning this lawsuit helps every one of them. Being a pioneer in this industry we felt it was our responsibility to save the jobs and lively hood for so many people."

About American Fireglass

American Fireglass (AFG) was founded in early 2004 by Matt and Kelly Doll. Since then it has grown from a two person operation located in a 400 square foot garage to its newest 20,000 square foot manufacturing facility, serviced by over thirty employees. With its success and growth, AFG has been named to INC's list of the 500 fastest growing companies in the United States for the past four consecutive years.

American Fireglass is a pioneer in the fireplace/fire pit glass and burner products industry, utilizing a state-of-the-art manufacturing process, stringent quality control, great customer service. The Company wholesales its products through a vast network of resellers spread across a wide geographical area, giving customers easy access to the company's top quality fire glass and hearth products.

In addition to its OEM clients AFG industry leading products can be found in many upscale restaurants, breweries, hotels, sports stadiums, casinos, and celebrity homes, and beautiful back yards throughout North America. The company takes great pride in the fact that it supplies some of the most trusted brands in the industry, such as: O.W. Lee, Tropitone, Designing Fire, Ebel, Lennox Hearth Products, Regency Fireplace, Kingsman Fireplace, Travis Industries, Napoleon, Monessen, Pacific Energy, Empire Comfort Systems, Montigo and Valor to name a few.

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