SOURCE: OtterBox

OtterBox

April 27, 2011 11:00 ET

Patents Protect OtterBox Innovation

FORT COLLINS, CO--(Marketwire - Apr 27, 2011) - The issuance of United States Patent No. 7,933,122 is a victory for OtterBox® Research & Development Manager Alan Morine and the Colorado company's 300-plus employees. The patent recognizes the innovations at the core of OtterBox's Defender Series® cases for technology known in the consumer world as the most rugged case on the market. Morine has patiently waited over the past 5 years for the official patent that protects his mastermind design.

"The issuance of this patent confirms that we have one of the most innovative products on the market," Morine said. "And knowing our ideas are protected drives us to continue to push boundaries to determine new solutions."

Morine's design debuted on the OtterBox website in 2007, serving as the catapult to OtterBox's success by grabbing the attention of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), distributors and carriers both nationally and internationally. To date, OtterBox offers more than 40 Defender Series cases to safeguard a variety of technology devices from Apple®, BlackBerry®, Motorola, Samsung, HTC, Dell, LG, Palm, Sony, Kimble, Amazon, Google, Barnes & Noble, Nokia, Trimble and HP.

OtterBox places great importance on safeguarding its intellectual property as the company grows.

"We believe competition is a healthy advocate for improved designs and processes, but the thought of others stealing our ideas is something we cannot allow," OtterBox founder and CEO Curt Richardson said. "There's plenty of room in the sandbox as long as everyone plays nice."

In order to protect the company's intellectual property and encourage healthy competition, OtterBox lawyers are prepared to combat the imitation and infringement of OtterBox's inventions by other case manufactures as well as warn customers about purchasing copycats and alert stores selling knock-offs. With 76 issued patents and 70 pending patent applications, OtterBox will continue to pursue intellectual property registrations as additional designs and series are added.

"Patents like this will encourage others in our industry to innovate instead of following in our footsteps," Morine said.

For more information about the OtterBox's intellectual property and to report counterfeits visit: www.otterbox.com/help-otterbox-fight-counterfeits/help-otterbox-fight-counterfeits,default,pg.html or send an email to fraud@otterbox.com.

About OtterBox:

Built upon fundamentals of hard work, innovation and perseverance, OtterBox is a leader in the production of premier protective solutions for global handheld manufacturers, wireless carriers and distributors.

Incorporating creativity and cutting-edge design into every product, OtterBox creates sleek and durable cases that offer reliable device protection to complement any lifestyle.

OtterBox was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo.

For more information, visit www.otterbox.com or call 888-695-8820. We've Got TechnologyCovered.

Notes:

*Defender Series case NOT protected against water. Will provide some added protection against bump, shock and dust.

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