Sofpool, LLC vs. Kmart Inc. and Big Lots Stores, Inc

Sofpool, LLC vs. Kmart Inc. and Big Lots Stores, Inc. - Case No. 2:10 CV-0333-LKK

This case involved the infringement of United States Design Patent No. 480, 817 for an above-ground swimming pool. The defendants sold an above-ground pool which was substantially similar to the plaintiff’s pool design. Estimated damages are over five million dollars. Presently, as of late 2013 this case is on appeal to the United Stated Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. A decision on this appeal is likely due in the middle of 2014.