A Beverly company that holds a patent on retractable steps to let aging or stubby little pets get into bed with you on their own says two competitors are violating its patents - and ruining its reputation - by selling a similar product.
In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, PetEdge of Beverly charges Coleman of Delaware and Unique Petz of New York are violating its 2009 patent for Folding pet ramp and steps. Plus, Coleman's and Unique Petz's product is just a cheap knockoff, the company charges:
PetEdge's pet ramp/steps are finely crafted, using sturdy, high quality and attractive materials. They are sold at premium prices, reflecting their craftsmanship, sturdy construction, and patented innovation. The Accused Product, on the other hand, is offered at far lower prices and appear to be constructed from cheaper, lower quality materials. As such, Coleman's and Unique Petz's marketing and sales of the Accused Product is damaging PetEdge’s reputation as a retailer of high-quality pet-related merchandise and its standing in the marketplace. In addition, the lower price point of the Accused Products is causing PetEdge to suffer lost profits and price erosion.
PetEdge wants a judge to order Coleman Unique Petz to stop selling their steps, destroy all the steps they have and then issue a recall and destroy those steps as well. Also, PetEdge wants triple damages and lawyers' fees.
PetEdge's complete complaint (1.1M PDF).