Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:28 PM

Steeda Autosports Seeks to Put the Brakes on Alleged Patent Infringement

Steeda Autosports, Inc. ("Steeda"), a Valdosta, Georgia-based company specializing in the design and manufacture of after-market parts for Ford vehicles, particularly Ford Mustangs, filed suit on August 22, 2014, in the Middle District of Georgia against competitor Turn 5, Inc. d/b/a American Muscle ("American Muscle"), of Malvern, Pennsylvania, alleging that American Muscle infringes two utility patents and three design patents through its manufacture and sale of certain car parts.

According to Steeda's website, Steeda owns at least 16 patents (including design patents) and four trademarks relating to its after-market parts business.  Steeda has asserted five of those patents against American Muscle, accusing varying products of infringing, as follows:

Steeda seeks a judgment that American Muscle infringes each of the five patents, and requests damages, a permanent injunction, treble damages, attorneys' fees and costs.

The case is Steeda Autosports, Inc. v. Turn 5, Inc. d/b/a American Muscle, 7:14-cv-00131-HL, United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Valdosta Division, and is assigned to Judge Hugh Lawson.

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