There has been a lot of talk, rumor and speculation over the years regarding how unhappy Traxxas were with HobbyKing, because of the HobbyKing designed “Traxxas Style Connectors”. Well, Traxxas has filed a lawsuit against the online Hobby retailer for patent infringement. Traxxas alleges that HobbyKing has infringed on U.S. Patent # 7374460, 7530855, 7867038 and D573536. All of the patents named in the suit are related to electrical connectors.
Traxxas seeks a jury trial and a permanent injunction stopping HobbyKing from making, using or selling any and all products “embodying” the patented inventions. It also seeks damages, “enhanced” damages for willful infringement, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest at the highest legal maximum rate, costs, expenses and attorneys’ fees.
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Anybody that has the two style of connectors knows that they are interchangeable. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Will this be settled out of court? Will HobbyKing changeover to official Traxxas Style connectors? Will the courts rule that there is no patent infringement? Stay tuned.