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Many Texas families purchase some sort of ride-on vehicle for their children. If Dynacraft BSC, Inc., manufactured one of those vehicles, it might be the subject of a current lawsuit filed by Fisher-Price and Mattel, Inc., which is the toy manufacturer's parent company. Fisher-Price is asserting its patent law rights by alleging that Dynacraft infringed on four of its patents.

The series of patents involve the technologies used for speed control in battery operated ride-on toy vehicles. Fisher-Price acquired two of the four patents from Innovation First and claims that Dynacraft infringed on the technology in the making and manufacturing of its 24V Princess Disney Carriage. The other two patents are for the wheels and shifters on both companies' products.

Fisher-Price alleges that it owns the patents for those two components as well. The court is asked to make a ruling that Dynacraft willfully infringed on the other company's patents. The company also seeks damages allowable under federal law. The lawsuit was just filed on Jan. 17, so it could be some time before a ruling is made. In the meantime, the two companies might explore their settlement options.

It can take years for patent law claims to go to trial, during which time the companies and/or individuals involved spend a significant amount of time and money asserting their respective positions. Texas patent holders who believe another person or company is infringing on their patents could also file a legal action while exploring the possibility of settlement. Trial preparation should continue during any negotiation process in order to avoid duplicative work at some point in the future if the parties are unable to come to an agreement outside the courtroom.

Source: ipwatchdog.com, "Fisher-Price files patent suit charging infringement of children's ride-on vehicle technologies", Steve Brachmann, Jan. 25, 2017

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