Laser Pegs has announced that it is suing Lite Brix for unfair competition and wilful patent and trade dress infringement. The complaint was filed in October 2012. The filed complaint suggests that at a toy fair in 2011, Capriola was approached by Larry Rosen of Larose Industries LLC with an interest in investing in Laser Pegs. After a few arranged meetings to discuss the possible substantial investment, Rosen broke off ties with Capriola. He was later found to have secretly created and marketed Lite Brix.
Laser Pegs has filed a complaint on three counts: Wilful Infringement of a Patent, Trade Dress Infringement and Common Law Unfair Competition.
Lawrence Rosen, chairman of LaRose Industries, owner of Lite Brix and Cra-Z-Art brands, has responded by strenuously denying the accusations, stating that he is confident that the Lite Brix products do not infringe Jon Capriola’s US patent and confirming that the company will defend itself against these proceedings.
“Jon Capriola completely misrepresented his patent and his claims are without basis in law or fact,” says Rosen. LaRose has just filed two proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office challenging the validity of the patent-in-suit.
A soon-to-be-issued US Patent, as well as several other US and foreign patent applications, are currently in the works for Lite Brix. Lawrence Rosen told Toy World: “We will stand by and protect our customers throughout this litigation process, while continuing to develop and market the Lite Brix building system.”