Oct. 5, 2017
FEDERAL APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS HYDRAFACIAL TRADEMARK AND IP RIGHTS
Signal Hill, CA, September 12, 2017. Edge Systems LLC DBA The Hydrafacial Company announced that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit fully affirmed the judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida against defendant Rafael Newton Aguila AKA Ralph Aguila DBA Hydradermabrasion Systems (“Aguila”). Edge had sued defendant Aguila for patent and trademark infringement. The US District Court found that defendant Aguila infringed Edge’s patent and trademarks. It permanently enjoined Aguila from using, copying, simulating, or in any way infringing the trademarks EDGE SYSTEMS, THE EDGE SYSTEM®, HYDROPEEL®, VORTEX-FUSION®, ACTIV-4, ANTIOX-6, BETA-HD, DERMABUILDER, GLYSAL, ANTIOX+ and the chevron-styled “E” logo formed by three triangles and from making, using, offering for sale, selling within the United States, or importing into the United States, any product that infringes on U.S. Patent No. 6,299,620, including but not limited to the “HydraDerm MD” or “Hydradermabrasion MD” product. The District Court had also ruled that defendant Aguila had used fraudulent documents and because of his continued use of such fraudulent documents, the Court sanctioned defendant Aguila by awarding Edge its attorneys fees from the date that the fraudulent documents were first submitted. The Appeals Court fully affirmed the District Court’s judgment.
“We are pleased that the Court of Appeals has affirmed the judgment against Ralph Aguila,” said Clint Carnell, the Chief Executive Officer of The Hydrafacial Company. “The Hydrafacial Company is fully committed to protecting its valuable intellectual property rights and will take all steps it deems necessary to protect these rights. Our patients and providers deserve safe, effective treatments backed by our trademarked HydraFacial brands and patented technologies.”