Infringement suit filed against ARCA
JACO Environmental, Inc. of Everett, Washington
(JACO) and SEG Umwelt-Service/Basis of Mettlach, Germany (SEG) filed
a patent infringement lawsuit in Federal Court against Appliance
Recycling Centers of America/California (ARCA).
The suit claims that ARCA has been using refrigerator
recycling systems and processes invented by SEG and protected by
two United States patents issued to SEG and exclusively licensed
to JACO. These two patents cover services that ARCA offers to electric
utility customers and has used to recycle thousands of refrigerators.
JACO/SEG are seeking an undisclosed amount in
damages from lost profits and have further asked the court to enjoin
ARCA from continuing to use and market these services.