Quickutz has become the target of legal action for the second time this year, this time from competitor Spellbinders.
Spellbinders and its CEO James Jeffrey Caron filed a lawsuit in US District Court for Arizona on Monday, alleging patent violations by several Quickutz products. The patent in question is U.S. Patent No. 7,469,634 which is called “Apertured Media Embellishing Template and System and Method using Same.” Caron owns the patent, and Spellbinders has the exclusive license to manufacture products covered by it. The suit alleges that Quickutz’s cookie-cutter dies, nesting-shapes dies, and the circle-cutting dies sold with the Letter Press Combo Kit are all in violation of the patent:
QuicKutz manufactures, advertises, offers for sale, and sells dies, including the cookie-cutter dies and various other nesting-shapes dies sold under QuicKutz’s QUICKUTZ brand and circle-cutting dies sold as part of the Letter Press Combo Kit sold under QuicKutz’s LIFESTYLE CRAFTS brand, that are covered by one or more claims of the ’634 Patent, either literally or under the doctrine of equivalents.