Fed. Cir. maintains A&O’s U.S. IP Technology Team’s post-trial injunction on behalf of Wonderland Group
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Allen & Overy’s U.S. IP Technology Disputes team achieved another victory for its client, Wonderland, the world’s innovation leader in child car seats, in an intellectual property (IP) dispute against Evenflo.
Earlier, the Federal Circuit issued an order maintaining a permanent injunction that orders Evenflo to stop selling its signature car seats, the EveryKid, EveryFit and All4One car seats.
Earlier this year, Federal Judge Jon P. McCalla issued a permanent injunction ordering Evenflo to stop its unauthorized use of Wonderland’s patented technologies and Evenflo filed an emergency appeal to the Federal Circuit. That followed a unanimous jury verdict for our client, finding infringement of its ‘043 and ‘951 patents.
Wonderland is a leading global innovator in the baby goods space supplying car seats, strollers, and other nursery goods including through its long-term partnership with Graco in the U.S. Wonderland further supplies leading brands such as Nuna and Joie globally. Wonderland revolutionized the car seat industry by being the first to invent car seats that could transition from an infant seat all the way to a backless booster seat. Graco implemented Wonderland’s technology in its Graco Nautilus car seat, which won multiple awards, including one of the “5 Best Car Seats for Toddlers” in 2022 by MSN.com and the “Best Booster Car Seat” in 2016 by BabyCenter Mom’s Picks Awards.
“Fighting to protect the intellectual property and innovations of our clients is our highest priority. I am deeply proud of the A&O team representing Wonderland in securing yet another victory, especially culminating in injunctive relief,” said lead counsel, Shamita Etienne-Cummings, IP Partner in Washington D.C. “Our technology disputes practice has grown in size and strength of talent, and this win is indicative of the complex matters we deftly and vigorously handle.”
This injunction follows the A&O team’s prior trial victories on behalf of Wonderland against Evenflo, the first in February 2021, where Evenflo was found to infringe three separate Wonderland car seat patents, and then more recently in January 2023, when a Delaware jury found Evenflo to infringe two more Wonderland car seat patents. This injunction recognizes the significance of Wonderland’s groundbreaking technology as there has only been a handful of permanent injunctions granted in non-pharma patent cases, in the last 5 years.
This victory comes from A&O’s U.S. Technology team, which was established in August 2021 and is represented on this matter by Shamita Etienne-Cummings, Eric Lancaster, David Tennant, Bijal Vakil, Noah Brumfield, Jay Gagen, Megan Ines, Alan Billharz, Katherine Kieckhafer, Jacob Rothenberg, Majesty Jala and Michelle Bone.