Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Baby Jogger wins lawsuit over Britax B-Agile and BOB Motion Folds

We posted this on Facebook a while ago, but in case you didn't see it, here it is. We asked Britax and Baby Jogger for clarification, and we are awaiting their responses. We would like to know how this affects consumers--i.e. will they pull all the B-Agiles and Motions from the shelves? Start making them a different way? Continue to make them the same way but start paying BJ a licensing fee for the Quick-Fold technology? Stay tuned.....and P.S. I have reviewed all of the aforementioned models, right here, if you would like to see more pictures and info.

UPDATE: Both Baby Jogger and Britax told me that the current B-Agiles and BOB Motions will not be pulled from the shelves, and they will continue to be manufactured. It is not clear exactly what will be changed on them...whether they will continue to employ the use of the "Quick-Fold" technology and pay BJ a licensing fee, or whether they will change the way the strollers fold. I will continue to update this, as I receive more information.
UPDATE #2: Britax just told me this: “This will not impact our future business in any way and we will continue to manufacture and sell the BRITAX B-Agile and BOB Motion strollers.  Business as usual.  We are pleased with the outcome.”
Since both parties have agreed not to discuss specific details, we still don't know what changes the models will have to undergo, or when they will be implemented. Also, some of our Strollerland members are wondering if Graco will be next, since some of their models employ a very similar "Quick-Fold."


Baby Jogger® Obtains Consent Judgment in  Its Lawsuit against Britax®

Baby Jogger®, creator of innovative strollers such as the City Mini™ and City Select®, today announced that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Case No. 2:12cv452-RAJ-LRL, has approved a Consent Judgment and Permanent Injunction in Baby Jogger’s favor in its lawsuit against Britax Child Safety, Inc. (“Britax”). The suit involved Baby Jogger’s patented and proprietary Quick-Fold Technology and asserted claims against Britax for patent infringement, trade dress infringement, and unfair competition.

The Consent Judgment and Permanent Injunction, which followed a November 19, 2013, decision by the Court granting Baby Jogger’s motion for summary judgment, recognizes the validity and enforceability of U.S. Patent No. 6,095,548 (the “‘548 Patent”) covering Baby Jogger’s proprietary Quick-Fold Technology and that Britax’s “B-Agile” and B.O.B. “Motion” strollers infringed the ‘548 Patent. As part of the Consent Judgment and Permanent Injunction, the Court permanently enjoined Britax from any further manufacturing, using, offering for sale, selling, or importing into the United States any products that infringe the ‘548 Patent, except as expressly permitted by Baby Jogger. Separately, Baby Jogger and Britax reached a settlement agreement, the terms of which are confidential.

“The heritage of Baby Jogger is deeply rooted in design innovation and safety, as evidenced by the 40+ design awards we have received since 2007,” explains Mark Zehfuss, CEO of Baby Jogger. “We will vigorously protect the intellectual property on all of our products, including the City Mini, which is hugely popular with parents for its maneuverability, durability and the patented Quick-Fold mechanism.”

About Baby Jogger

Beginning with the invention of the original 3-wheeled jogging stroller in 1984, Baby Jogger has continued to revolutionize every aspect of the stroller category, enabling families to go anywhere, using strollers that fold instantly. Their innovation has been recognized the world over, winning more than 20 design and innovation awards in the past four years alone. Baby Jogger is a global brand sold in more than 70 countries.

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