August 28, 2012
Federal Court Rules Against Wine Master Cellars Claimed Patent Infringement
IRVINE, Calif. Aug 28, 2012 – Vinotemp International, a recognized leader in the wine storage and refrigeration industry for 25 years, today announced that the United States District Court for the Central District of California has granted partial summary judgment in its favor in a patent infringement lawsuit. Chief Judge Audrey B. Collins issued a detailed order explaining why Vinotemp did not infringe U.S. Patent No. 6,991,117 which is owned by Wine Master Cellars. Judge Collins' order stated that all of Wine Master's arguments supporting its claim of patent infringement are "meritless."
"It is exciting to see justice prevail," states India Hynes, president of Vinotemp International. "Patent litigation is a long and often arduous process. We are thrilled to be moving forward and to continue offering quality, patented, metal wire wine racking through our affiliate, Epicureanist."
Vinotemp International was awarded a patent in February 2011 – U.S. Patent No. 7,882,967 – for its metal wine racks. Now available through Epicureanist, Epic Metal Wine Racks feature a variety of configurations (9, 18, and 27-bottle), offering consumers and business owners aesthetically attractive, cost-effective (the 9 Bottle Epic Metal Wine Rack starts at $56) options for storing and displaying wine.
Vinotemp is represented by Marvin H. Kleinberg of the law offices of KLEINBERG & LERNER, LLP. More Information
For complete information on the summary judgment, please contact Vinotemp at (800) 777-8466. About Vinotemp International
For 25 years, Vinotemp International has manufactured custom wood wine cabinets, wine racks, and cooling systems and has been the leading distributor of wine coolers, beverage coolers, wine dispensers, wine accessories, and more. Close attention to market demand and non-standard ideas have resulted in Vinotemp’s ability to offer diversified wine storage solutions utilized by renowned resorts, restaurants, hotels, and the yachting industry.
Vinotemp products are available at Costco, Home Depot, Sam’s Club, Lowe’s, Best Buy and other select U.S. retailers. For more information about Vinotemp contact 800.777.VINO (8466) or visit www.Vinotemp.com.