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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A glove patent lawsuit worth watching


Tom Votel, President of Tenacious Holdings, Inc. (d/b/a Ergodyne) threw down the gauntlet yesterday against the Wells Lamont Glove company in a lawsuit claiming infringement on his glove design patent.

The lawsuit (Case 0:2012cv00893) filed in Minnesota on April 10th, seeks damages against Wells Lamont for claims that they infringe on a US Patent design patent #D/388,514. This patent, filed in 2009, was issued to Votel (listed as the inventor) on February 2, 2010 and assigned to Tenacious Holdings.

As a glove patent owner myself on several glove utility (field of use) patents, a glove design (appearance) patent for a work glove is rather unique and interesting. As a matter of fact, in the last two decades I’ve only been associated with one (1) design glove patent and that was for a consumer novelty glove. 

It’s not uncommon for glove companies to copy another's work glove and I can only assume Mr. Votel and his company became very tired of these glove industry shenanigans. I like the Wells Lamont Glove Company and I like the Ergodyne Company but I’m a glove designer and maker. So, I’ll watch this case closely. Let’s see who will be the most tenacious. 


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A look at Olga Gloves in the Palm Passage – St. Thomas USVI

Many of you have asked me about the location of the new Olga Gloves Boutique in St. Thomas – so I decided that the easiest way to explain it would be to provide the details and links in this post. 

Rather than talk about the Palm Passage here, I’ve provided some useful links which you can follow. You can also find some useful general information about St. Thomas at the Palm Passage link.