In response to the recent HCN article highlighting EdgeCraft Corporation's trademark litigation against the Smith's Consumer Products Edgeware brand, Smith's CEO Dan Glidden has released the following statement:
“We were disappointed to learn about the decision handed down regarding our Edgeware trademark registrations. While we strongly disagree with this decision, Smith’s Consumer Products, Inc., with over 127 years of experience in the knife sharpening category , stands behind our extensive line of Edgeware and Smith’s sharpening products and kitchen tools.
The United States Patent and Trademark office granted Smith’s a valid Edgeware trademark in 2009 and we have subsequently used the Edgeware name in good faith and in compliance with all legal requirements. We have worked diligently to build a strong brand and we are fully committed to continue providing our retail partners with innovative, quality knife sharpeners and kitchen tools for the home cook. At this point we are evaluating our options and are committed to resolving this issue as quickly as possible.”
Last week, a panel of federal judges ruled in favor of EdgeCraft, whereupon Smith's must now cancel its three Edgeware trademark registrations.