JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Seal Shield, LLC, a leading provider of waterproof and infection control products, announced today that they have filed a lawsuit against Man & Machine, Inc. to protect Seal Shield's Intellectual Property rights, customers, and the general public. This litigation, filed on April 5, 2012, alleges Man & Machine has improperly diverted Internet traffic and customers away from Seal Shield's website, www.SealShield.com, to a website owned by Man & Machine by use of a confusingly similar domain name. This practice is commonly referred to as "cybersquatting" or "typosquatting", and seeks to prey on consumers by redirecting them to websites that they did not intend to visit as a result of inadvertent misspellings or typos.
"We have a duty to protect our intellectual property rights and we treat the infringement of those rights very seriously. Seal Shield has made a significant investment in our technology, products and brand. By filing this lawsuit against Man & Machine, we are taking the necessary steps to protect those investments, our reputation and our business," said Gregory P. Hengber, General Counsel for Seal Shield. According to Bradley Whitchurch, CEO of Seal Shield, LLC, "competition is good and we welcome it, but we will not condone unethical or illegal activities that infringe our intellectual property rights and negatively affect consumers".
The lawsuit against Man & Machine was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and alleges violations of the Federal Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, Deceptive Trade Practices, Counterfeiting and Dilution.
Seal Shield designs, develops and manufactures medical grade, infection prevention technology for hospitals and the home. Seal Shield is a world leader in infection control products including patent pending washable keyboards, mice and TV remote controls. For more information please visit http://www.SealShield.com/
SOURCE Seal Shield, LLC