SANTA CRUZ, Calif., April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Trent West, owner of nine patents related to the concept and manufacture of Tungsten Carbide rings in the United States, has gained an injunction against Bijou Max LLC of Los Angeles, California, prohibiting sales of Tungsten Carbide rings in the U.S. Bijou Max LLC sells under the brand names Metal Masters Co., Ultimate Metals Co., and Bonndorf. Bijou Max LLC is believed to be one of the largest Internet sellers of Tungsten Carbide rings.
West has sued more than twenty sellers of infringing Tungsten Carbide rings as part of an ongoing campaign to stop the unlawful infringement of his patents. West is seeking permanent injunction against all defendants to prohibit unlicensed Tungsten Carbide rings from being distributed or sold, and is also seeking monetary damages due to the infringement.
"This injunction is another major development in recognizing the validity of Trent West's patents," states West's attorney, Edward King of King & Kelleher, LLP. "This ruling makes a definitive statement to violators who infringe on West's nine patents which cover all Tungsten Carbide rings distributed in the U.S. market."
There are four legally authorized sellers of Tungsten Carbide rings protected by West's nine patents relating to the concept and manufacture of Tungsten Carbide rings in the United States. They are Frederick Goldman, Inc., Benchmark, Jewelry Innovations, and Fable.
Representing nearly one third or 32 percent of the men's wedding band market, Tungsten Carbide has become one of the most popular contemporary metals used in wedding bands. As one of the hardest materials used in the manufacture of rings, Tungsten Carbide is also the most scratch-resistant metal on the jewelry ring market, ranking behind a diamond on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
About Trent West:
Trent West is a jeweler and owner of nine patents related to the concept and manufacture of Tungsten Carbide-based rings in the United States. West is a developer of a line of Tungsten Carbide-based rings sold commercially in connection with several different tradenames. In connection with his technical developments, West has sought state and federal intellectual property protection for his patents.
SOURCE Trent West