CORONA, Calif., Nov. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer and medical air bed manufacturing company American National Manufacturing, Inc., defeated Select Comfort's unwarranted patent infringement lawsuit in a recent judge's ruling, the company announced Wednesday.
"It sounds cliché, but this truly was a David and Goliath matchup in the consumer bedding market and with these favorable rulings from the court, David won," said Craig Miller, Jr., president of American National Manufacturing. American National began producing consumer adjustable firmness air beds with numbers on the remote controls in 1987 and produces them today under the brands Personal Comfort® Bed and Instant Comfort ®. The company also produces high-tech air beds for the medical market that are primarily used to treat and prevent bed sores on patients in hospitals and at home. Select Comfort Corp., also a maker of number beds, filed a formal complaint in October 2015 with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Select Comfort alleged violations of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. The original complaint [#337-TA-971] accused American National of infringing two patents: one for valve enclosure technology for the air control system, and the other for the design of an adjustable firmness air mattress with a split head. A second patent infringement complaint [#337-TA-999] was filed by Select Comfort in April 2016, alleging infringement of a third patent for air adjustable mattresses. This second complaint now has been withdrawn by Select Comfort, thereby making American National the winner in both ITC cases. "We are, of course, extremely pleased with the court's decision that there were no violations of Section 337," Miller said. "This is especially gratifying because last year, Select Comfort accused us in a news article of supplying copycat air beds to the market - which could not be further from the truth." The positive initial ruling in the 971 investigation was handed down by the Chief Administrative Law Judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission. As noted above, the 999 investigation has been terminated at the request of Select Comfort, with no findings adverse to American National.