SICO Incorporated® prevails in patent lawsuit

Jan 07, 2013, 10:00 ET from SICO Incorporated

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SICO Incorporated®, the leading worldwide manufacturer of mobile folding products, announced today that it has conclusively prevailed in the patent lawsuit brought against it by competitor AmTab Manufacturing Corporation. A Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently ruled that SICO's products did not infringe AmTab's patent and dismissed the lawsuit. AmTab did not appeal.


At issue was AmTab's patent No. 7,758,113 which relates to seat post and support mount design for folding cafeteria tables. AmTab had alleged that 4 specific SICO® table models: The Undergraduate table; The Graduate table; The Communicator table; and the TC-65 table infringed its patent because each utilized non-circular cylindrical connectors. The Court disagreed, finding that the SICO® products did not utilize the same or similar design features set forth in AmTab's patent.

"We are very pleased with the Court's final order," said Ken Steinbauer, SICO's Executive Vice President. "This litigation has been time consuming, but we aggressively defended it because we always believed in the propriety of our designs and that we would ultimately prevail." 

AmTab filed its lawsuit in April, 2011. SICO® prevailed at each opportunity for interim rulings by the district judge, and finally won Summary Judgment and dismissal of the suit in December, 2012. The order became final in December, 2012.

"SICO® offers the highest quality, best designed and most sought after mobile folding and rolling products in the world," Steinbauer said. "SICO® has never compromised its commitment to integrity as it meets its customers' space saving needs. We will continue to provide the industry-leading products and service that has earned the trust and confidence of customers around the world."

About SICO Incorporated  

SICO® is the global leader in mobile folding and rolling, space efficient products that help customers optimize their use of space. The detailed engineering and superior manufacturing that goes into every SICO® product is supported by a strong warranty program and excellent customer service. In addition to mobile folding cafeteria tables, SICO® manufactures and sells portable dance floors, catering tables, room service tables, food warmers, luggage carts, mobile buffet stations, portable stages, choral risers, mobile sleepers, crowd barriers and wallbed systems. SICO Incorporated® is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA with other manufacturing plants located in America, Asia and Europe.

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