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July 9, 2003

CLEARFIELD, UTAH -- Lifetime Products Inc., a worldwide leader in the folding table market, announced today that it was granted a summary judgment of literal infringement against Maxchief Investments, Ltd., a major Asian manufacturer of folding blow-molded tables.

Previously, the United States District Court for the Central District of California had found that Maxchief’s distributor Alton Industries, Inc. had infringed Lifetime’s United States Patent No. 6,431,092 by importing and selling various Maxchief table products.  At that time, Maxchief postponed a finding that it too had infringed Lifetime’s patent by arguing that Maxchief’s distributors, rather than Maxchief itself, were responsible for the infringing importation and sale of Maxchief’s products.  But in today’s ruling, the court rejected Maxchief’s assertion and found that Maxchief also is liable for the introduction of its infringing products, including those sold to and through Alton, into the United States.

Lifetime intends to continue its vigorous pursuit of all available remedies against Maxchief, its distributors, and all other unauthorized infringers of Lifetime's valuable intellectual property assets. The law firm of Workman Nydegger is representing Lifetime.

In 1998, Lifetime introduced the first blow-molded polyethylene folding utility table to the market. Blow-molded polyethylene tabletops are stronger, lighter, and more durable than wood, and are stain resistant. Today, Lifetime is the world's largest manufacturer of these blow-molded, polyethylene, folding tables and holds a portfolio of patents protecting these products.

For more information, please contact Lifetime Public Relations at

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About Lifetime Products: Established in 1986, Lifetime Products, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Clearfield, Utah. Lifetime Products is the world's largest manufacturer of blow-molded polyethylene folding tables and chairs, and residential basketball hoops. With products sold in 58 countries, Lifetime has been manufacturing in Utah for more than 25 years and employs 1,250 people in its Clearfield facility, and more than 2,075 people worldwide. For more information about Lifetime Products, Inc. and its products, visit