Chicago Dryer Co. Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Vs. Jensen



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Bruce Beggs |

CHICAGO — Chicago Dryer Co. filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Jensen USA Inc. and Jensen-Group NV in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, on June 20, alleging that Jensen infringed on a patent for flatwork feeding machines.

Plaintiffs are Chicago Dryer Co., FinishTech Ltd., Stanley McCabe and McCabe Corp. FinishTech is the exclusive licensee of the patent in question, and Chicago Dryer Co. is sublicensed to practice the patent issued in 1996, according to the complaint. Stanley McCabe invented the device claimed in the patent.

In a prepared statement released during the Clean Show, Chicago Dryer Co. described itself as “the leader in cornerless feeder technology since launching its Edge line products in the 1990s.”

“The complaint alleges that Jensen has infringed and is infringing U.S. Patent No. 5,515,627 through solicitation and sales of products including the Jenfeed Express feeder,” the statement reads. “Chicago Dryer and its business partners take their intellectual property rights seriously and will vigorously protect them from infringement.”

When reached by phone Wednesday, Simon Nield, president of Jensen USA, said his company had no comment on the matter.

The plaintiffs are seeking a permanent injunction plus damages.

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Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.


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