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Maker of a chewing tobacco accessory says design was copied

The maker of a "smokeless tobacco accessory" says another company copied its idea and design.

Diptops holds the patent on a product described as "a device for receiving saliva expectorated by a tobacco chewer" and says that Novelty, Inc. has infringed on its patent.  According to the complaint, inventor Brian Goodell met Novelty representatives at a trade show and followed up with licensing and distribution discussions. 

Novelty eventually declined to license and distribute Diptop's product but shortly thereafter began selling a similar product using the names "Spit CAN-Vertor" and "Dip Top," the complaint states.

Read the complaint after the jump.

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