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SureFire, LLC Press Release

FlashlightNews.org - 1/22/2009
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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Ca. - SureFire, LLC has prevailed in a patent infringement and false advertising lawsuit against Pentagon Scientific Corp., a worldwide provider of flashlights and weapon light systems sold under the name PentagonLight™.

A federal District Court imposed a ban prohibiting Pentagon Scientific Corp. from importing, making, using, offering for sale, or selling more than two dozen PentagonLight brand products that infringe on SureFire's lock-out tailcap patent.

On April 28, 2008, SureFire filed a lawsuit against PentagonLight for patent infringement and false advertising. The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. SureFire's suit alleged that PentagonLight willfully infringed upon SureFire's U.S. Patent No. RE 40,125 relating to SureFire's patented lockout tailcap switch, a key component in many SureFire illumination products. The false advertising claim alleged that PentagonLight made false statements in its promotional materials indicating that its flashlights are "Made in USA."

"SureFire is perpetually reinvesting in itself to build the best possible company so we can continue to build the best product possible," said Dr. John Matthews, SureFire's founder and president. He continued, "Intellectual property is one of those investments and it's something that hundreds of our American workers depend on to sustain their livelihoods. This judgment proves that SureFire's property is being unfairly exploited and that we will not tolerate threats to that livelihood."

PentagonLight has also agreed to permanently cease all production and sales of all flashlight products, including all handheld, tactical, and weapon-mounted flashlights and parts. SureFire voluntarily waived the false advertising claim and did not seek monetary damages.

About SureFire

Located in Fountain Valley, California, SureFire is one of the world's leading creators of premium flashlights and other market-leading illumination tools as well as the underlying intellectual property that makes it all possible. SureFire manufactures flashlights, weaponmounted lights, and other tactical equipment for those who go in harm's way or anyone who demands the ultimate in quality, innovation and performance. SureFire illumination tools are used by more SWAT teams and elite special operations groups than any other brand. SureFire holds 69 U.S. patents, has more than 40 patents pending, and is an ISO 9001:2000 certified company.

For information call 800-828-8809 or visit surefire.com.

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