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LIFETIME PRODUCTS CONTINUES LITIGATION AGAINST NORTHPOLE

October 21, 2002

CLEARFIELD, UTAH – Lifetime Products Inc., a worldwide leader in the folding table market, continues to seek judicial enforcement of its patents issued in connection with its blow-molded, polyethylene folding banquet tables.  

Lifetime has proceeded aggressively with lawsuits against several competitors who Lifetime has determined are infringing upon the valuable intellectual property interests embodied in Lifetime’s line of folding tables.  Recently, Lifetime filed claims seeking damages from NorthPole LLC and NorthPole, Limited, as well as injunctive relief that would prohibit NorthPole from making or selling products that infringe upon Lifetime’s patents.  

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California recently issued its first ruling on a motion filed by Lifetime in the NorthPole case, seeking extraordinary pretrial injunctive relief based on Lifetime’s recently issued United States Patent No. 6,431,092.  In its ruling, the court refrained from interpreting patent claims and indicated that it would be willing to reconsider Lifetime’s request for extraordinary relief after the conclusion of the claim interpretation process prescribed by local court rules.  Lifetime will seek to accelerate the pace of claim interpretation proceedings in order to hasten the injunctive relief sought against NorthPole.  

Lifetime also intends to continue its vigorous pursuit of all available remedies against accused infringing products.  The law firm of Workman, Nydegger, and Seeley is representing Lifetime.

In 1998, Lifetime introduced the first blow-molded polyethylene folding banquet table.  Blow-molded polyethylene tabletops are stronger and more durable than wood, and are stain resistant.  Today, Lifetime is the world’s largest manufacturer of these polyethylene top folding tables.  

For more information, please contact Lifetime Public Relations at pr@Lifetime.com.

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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 www.Lifetime.com.