CPI Plastics, Rubbermaid announce marketing agreement (August 01, 2003)
CPI Plastics Group Ltd. (Mississauga, ON) has entered into a trademark licensing agreement with Rubbermaid Canada Inc. that grants CPI's Film Products Group the exclusive right to produce and market a...
CPI Plastics Group Ltd. (Mississauga, ON) has entered into a trademark licensing agreement with Rubbermaid Canada Inc. that grants CPI’s Film Products Group the exclusive right to produce and market a national brand of household refuse bags in Canada utilizing the Rubbermaid trademark. CPI will be responsible for manufacturing, sales and marketing of the new line of refuse bags.
“We are more than capable of producing the quality of product commensurate with the Rubbermaid trademark and look forward to a long a mutually beneficial relationship with the Rubbermaid organization,” said Peter F. Clark, chairman and CEO of CPI.
CPI’s Film Products Group is a manufacturer and marketer of private label and branded refuse bag products, including the Rack Sack System. The company acquired additional bag manufacturing capacity last year with the purchase of Mid-America Bag LLC, headquartered in North Chicago, IL.
Lawsuit against equipment supplier “a stunt”, says owner
At press time, the owner of Dayton, OH-based Comet Automation Systems, Inc, the target of a patent-infringement lawsuit filed by Maguire Products Inc., says he is confident the U.S. courts will find no legal basis for the claims in the suit. Commenting on the suit at the recent NPE show, Comet president Tom Rajkovich said he believes there are ulterior motives for the legal action.
“He (Maguire president Steve Maguire) pulled this stunt before the last NPE,” said Rajkovich. “He’s getting a half-million dollars of free publicity out of this.”
The suit alleges that Comet’s GraviMix Micro blender infringes U.S. patents issued in 2000 and 2002 to Maguire Products’ MicroBlender product.
According to Rajkovich, one part of the suit pertains to the use of the term “microblender”. Rajkovich says the U.S. patent office has once rejected Maguire Products’ request to trademark the term because microblender has a generic meaning. Maguire is appealing the decision, but Rajkovich contends the reasoning applied by the patent office on trademarks is straightforward. Rajkovich could not provide details on the other part of the suit which alleges patent infringement pertaining to equipment design, but he claimed that most components in Comet’s GraviMix Micro blender have been on the market for a number of years.
“We’re taking business from him and that’s got him worried. He wants to keep people away from our booth.”
Rajkovich said attendance at Comet’s NPE booth was strong and visitors did not seem concerned about the legal proceedings.