Lund Motion Products Inc., a subsidiary of Lund International, filed two separate lawsuits this week against T-Max (Hangzhou) Technology Co., Ltd. and Rocky Ridge Inc. The suits allege infringement of three patents relating to Lund’s POWERSTEP electric-powered articulating running board, as well as copyright infringement.
T-Max has been selling powered articulating running boards to several U.S. distributors and installers that Lund alleges infringe on patented features and functionality of the POWERSTEP. Lund previously filed suit against Rev Wheel LLC, who had been a T-Max customer, according to the company. The Rev Wheel suit ended via settlement, with Rev Wheel agreeing not to sell the accused T-Max running boards.
Lund is asking the U.S. federal court to enjoin the sale of the infringing T-Max electric-powered running board and award money damages due to Lund’s lost sales and attorneys fees, according to the company.
“Lund respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects the same in the marketplace,” said Mitch Fogle, Lund’s CEO. “Lund will continue to fiercely protect its rights against all infringers that seek to profit on Lund’s patents, trademarks and copyrights.”