RIDDELL FILES PATENT INFRINGEMENT ACTION AGAINST RAWLINGS SPORTING GOODS

ROSEMONT, IL (January 7, 2015) – Riddell, Inc. today filed a lawsuit against Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., claiming Rawlings has infringed on four different patents arising from Riddell’s helmet and shoulder pad technologies.

The four-count federal court complaint identifies five Rawlings helmet models (Tachyon, Impulse, Quantum, Momentum, and Force) and two shoulder pads (Titan and Spartan) that infringe upon Riddell’s patented technologies for football helmets and shoulder pads.

The Riddell patents protect key technological features of helmets and shoulder pads that provide the football community with unique benefits in product performance and personal comfort. Riddell strongly believes that despite Riddell’s patent protection, Rawlings has used Riddell’s technology without permission.

“Riddell’s legacy of industry leadership is a result of our commitment to improving player protection through game-changing innovations in football helmets and protective equipment,” said Dan Arment, President of Riddell. “Riddell invests significantly in our intellectual property portfolio. When we believe our patents are being infringed, we will protect our investment.”

The lawsuit asks a federal jury to prevent further patent infringement and to award damages.

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