Sunday, September 25, 2022

Pool fight: Beach company sues to protect its floaties

SwimWays Spring Float (courtesy of swimways.com)
SwimWays Spring Float (courtesy of swimways.com)

VIRGINIA BEACH – A patent dispute over inflatable pool products has floated into federal court.

Virginia Beach-based SwimWays Corporation is suing Aqua-Leisure Industries and Bestway Global Holding Company on allegations they infringed on several patents.

The complaint, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, lists examples of products that Aqua Leisure and Bestways have sold and continue to sell, including the Aqua Ultimate Dream Recliner, the Dolfino Ultimate Multi-Position Recliner and the Aqua Lounge, that constitute patent infringement, according to SwimWays.

“Swimways will continue to protect our intellectual property rights and the innovative products we have brought to the marketplace,” Anthony Vittone, Senior Vice President of Swimways, said in a release. “This is a very broad infringement, and we will protect our product line to the fullest extent of the law.”

Bestway’s Aqua Lounge is available online at Amazon and has been distributed to Walmart stores, including those in eastern Virginia, according to SwimWays’ complaint.

Aqua Leisure representatives did not respond to requests for comment made by phone and email.

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