MARSHALL, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Traxxas LP, the self-proclaimed “fastest name in radio control,” is suing the world’s No. 1 online hobby store for patent infringement.


Texas-based Traxxas filed its lawsuit against HobbyKing Corp. d/b/a HobbyKing, and HobbyKing USA LLC in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Wednesday.


The federal court has become a popular venue for patent infringement cases because of its set of local rules for such cases and rather fast trial settings.


Traxxas alleges that HobbyKing, which stocks a large selection of radio-controlled products, from planes to quadcopters, has infringed on U.S. Patent Nos. 7,374,460; 7,530,855; 7,867,038 and D573,536.


The patents-in-suit relate to electrical connectors.


“Defendants manufacture and sell electrical connector assemblies,” lawyers for Traxxas wrote in the 11-page complaint, adding that some of the connectors and assemblies made and sold for use in HobbyKing’s RC vehicles infringe the company’s patents.


Traxxas seeks a jury trial and a permanent injunction enjoining 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.


The Davis Firm PC in Longview, Texas, and Dallas-based firms Wick Phillips Gould & Martin LLP and Harper Washam LLP are representing Traxxas.


HobbyKing could not immediately be reached for comment on the suit.


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