Riot Baits acts to prevent sale of Fuzzy Beaver lookalike
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US manufacturer Riot Baits has acted to prevent the sale of a lure that bore a ‘striking resemblance’ to its famed, patented Fuzzy Beaver.
The company put Global Anglers – trading as Gambler Lures – on notice of patent infringement and demanded it cease and desist its activities in relation to its Stinger lure. Following a review of the patent, it has entered into a settlement agreement to avoid further action.
In accordance to the terms of the agreement, Gambler Lures owner Val Osinski has admitted that the Stinger contravened Riot Baits’ infringement rights and agreed to discontinue all manufacture, sales and marketing of the offending bait in its current form and also to destroy all existing inventory. It has also been mutually agreed that Gambler can release the Stinger in a redesigned form that no longer contains the proprietary elements of the Fuzzy Beaver.
“Imitation is the greatest form of flattery and any imitation of the Fuzzy Beaver is a testament to how effective it is at catching bass,” said Riot Baits owner Matt Stark, who admitted that he initially struggled with the decision to pursue Gambler. “No one ever wants to deal with a lawsuit, but a patent is only as strong as your willingness to defend it.
“Our decision wasn’t a personal one, but a business decision that had to be made. Thankfully, Val was well aware of the ramifications of the potential patent violation and worked with us for a quick resolution.
“I think we are both happy to have this behind us and are looking forward to 2018.”