PLATE, LLC ANNOUNCES PATENT INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT AGAINST ELITE TACTICAL SYSTEMS GROUP, LLC
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA, July 3, 2018 – PLATE, LLC announced today that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Elite Tactical Systems Group, LLC (“ETS”) and its officers, Jim Hansen, and George Loveday IV, for various torts, including the making, using, marketing, offering for sale, and selling, directly and through intermediaries, magazine loading devices in violation of PLATE’s patents.
The complaint, filed June 29, 2018 in United States District Court, Eastern Tennessee, asserts that the ETS “C.A.M. Loader for All Pistol Mags 9mm/.40 caliber,” “GEN II - C.A.M. Loader for All Pistol Mags 9mm/.40 caliber,” “C.A.M. Loader for All Pistol Mags .45 caliber,” and “C.A.M. Loader for All Pistol Mags .380 caliber” infringe on five PLATE patents: U.S. Patent Nos. 9,618,286; 9,689,633; 9,739,552; 9,797,669; and 9,933,220.
The suit, concerning the ETS pistol loaders and “C.A.M. Universal Loader for Rifles” devices, also alleges unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, fraudulent inducement, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment.
The lawsuit alleges that prior to the Defendants executing PLATE’s non-disclosure and non-compete agreement and receiving PLATE’s confidential and proprietary information concerning the magazine loaders, ETS never advertised or sold any products resembling the magazine loaders.
The complaint further asserts that ETS has continued to infringe PLATE’s patents and misuse PLATE’s confidential information willfully and wantonly.
Founded in 2013, PLATE was launched to manufacture its innovative ACEM® line of devices that aid in the loading of ammunition magazines. The company has since continued to grow its ACEM® line and is actively developing into additional product areas.