Posted on January 18, 2018
The case of the day is International Designs Corp. v. Qingdao Seaforest Hair Products Co. (S.D. Fla. 2018). It’s an odd case. International Designs manufactured hair extensions. The hair extensions were patented by Hairtalk GmbH, which had licensed the patent to International Designs. International Designs and Hairtalk sued Qingdao, alleging that it was selling infringing products. The plaintiffs moved for leave to serve process by alternate means, namely by email (apparently to the company in China, not to its US lawyers) and by “international courier with confirmed delivery.” Qingado then moved to dismiss for insufficient service of process.