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Lifetime Products Files Patent Infringement Complaint Against Three Chinese Companies
12th February, 2010

Lifetime Products, a leader in the blow-molded folding table and chair market, has filed a patent infringement complaint with the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court for the People's Republic of China. The complaint - which was filed against Zhejiang Bestem Furniture Co., Ltd., Zhejiang Bestem Machinery Co., Ltd. (previously called Hanghzou Dali Tools Packing Co., Ltd.), and Hangzhou Bestem Furniture Co., Ltd. - alleges that the defendants infringe several Chinese patents owned by Lifetime Products covering its blow-molded plastic tables. All of the defendants are located in Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China.

Lifetime has a long history of enforcing its intellectual property rights in the United States and other countries throughout the world. This action represents the first time that Lifetime has initiated litigation in the People's Republic of China to enforce its Chinese patents. Lifetime continues to monitor the international market for products that infringe its patents and will take appropriate action to enforce its intellectual property rights in venues worldwide when necessary.

In 1995, Lifetime Products invented blow-molded polyethylene picnic tabletops. Blow-molded polyethylene tabletops are stronger and more durable than wood, and are stain resistant. Lifetime expanded its blow-molding technology in 1988 by introducing the first blow-molded polyethylene folding banquet table. Today, Lifetime Products is the world's largest manufacturer of these polyethylene top folding tables.

Established in 1986, Lifetime is a privately held company headquartered in Clearfield, Utah. Lifetime Products is the world's largest manufacturer of blow-molded polyethylene folding tables, picnic tables and chairs, and residential basketball hoops with products sold in more than 52 countries. Lifetime has been manufacturing in Utah for over 23 years and employs more than 1,550 people worldwide.

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