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ROCKVILLE, MD — The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) it has filed suit in Federal Court in the Western District of the state of Washington against Thermapure, according to a press release.
The purpose of this suit is to invalidate six of the seven patents held by Thermapure, which have been used by Thermapure to sue RIA members and other restoration industry companies through a process commonly known as "patent trolling," the release stated.
According to the release, RIA firmly believes that these suits are without merit, as the family of patents involved assert claims that have been industry standards for years.
"RIA interviewed law firms from across the country and selected a firm in the state of Washington that has had success in defending two clients against Thermapure. They have developed an aggressive strategy to stop the hostile patent trolling that has had such a detrimental effect on RIA members and the entire restoration industry," said RIA Executive Director, Timothy Shaw.
"RIA views these patent lawsuits against its members and other industry companies as an affront to the entire industry and the countless professionals who have spent decades building it," said RIA President, Samuel Bergman, CR.
"We are confident that RIA members and the industry will join together to protect their mutual interests and contribute to the fund to assist us in invalidating all of these meritless and ridiculous patents," Bergman added.
Click here to read the release in its entirety.