Tuesday, January 12, 2010

OpticsPlanet Files Federal Lawsuit Against OpticSale, AKYR Enterprises, Ostrovsky, Beyrak, and Former Employees

OpticsPlanet, Inc. files federal lawsuit for intellectual property infringement, cybersquatting, conspiracy, and trespass to chattels for theft of goods.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) January 13, 2010 -- On December 22, 2009, OpticsPlanet, Inc. filed a federal lawsuit against OpticSale, Inc., AKYR Enterprises, Inc. (owner of the www.opticsale.com domain), Mr. Alexander Ostrovsky, Mr. Ilya Beyrak, and certain former employees. The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, Case 1:09-cv-07934. The complaint includes claims for intellectual property infringement, cybersquatting, conspiracy, and trespass to chattels for the theft of goods from OpticsPlanet.

As a top 200 Internet Retail Company, OpticsPlanet vigorously protects its physical inventory, goodwill, and intellectual property, including trademarks, copyright, trade dress, and trade secrets.

As a result of significant security measures and monitoring, OpticsPlanet uncovered an alleged conspiracy by certain former OpticsPlanet employees, OpticSale, and AKYR Enterprises to misappropriate and steal OpticsPlanet's inventory and otherwise harm OpticsPlanet. OpticsPlanet has evidence that it believes shows that the alleged conspirators currently possess or have sold products stolen from the OpticsPlanet warehouse to further their alleged illegal conspiracy.

OpticsPlanet has notified the U.S. Department of Homeland Security of the alleged theft because the stolen items are heavily regulated by the U.S. Department of Commerce and other federal and state agencies. These regulations serve to ensure that the stolen items do not fall into the wrong hands--and OpticsPlanet takes great pains to comply with all of the relevant regulations. OpticsPlanet has a robust compliance system and works to ensure that items regulated by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) are handled with an appropriately high level of care. For these reasons, OpticsPlanet plans to work with the Department of Homeland Security and any other government agency that may request assistance in their investigations.

The suit also alleges that OpticSale and AKYR Enterprises (owner of the www.opticsale.com domain), have been engaging in egregious infringements of OpticsPlanet's intellectual property rights, including cybersquatting on several domains that should rightfully belong to OpticsPlanet and trademark infringement.

OpticsPlanet's staff attorney explains OpticsPlanet's position concerning its overall strategy regarding its intellectual property: "We do not take intellectual property infringements lightly. Our intellectual property is very valuable and plays a key role in our success. Therefore, we will take all necessary and appropriate legal action to protect all aspects of our intellectual property."

OpticsPlanet has engaged the outside law firm, Enterprise Law Group LLP, to assist with its investigation and file the lawsuit. To review a copy of the complaint, click here. A copy of the complaint can be viewed at: http://images1.opticsplanet.com/pdf/opplanet-press-release-complaint-filed-12-22-09.pdf. Review of the complaint will show that OpticsPlanet's complaint contains seventeen counts for a wide variety of improper and illegal acts, including those described in this press release.

All questions about the lawsuit should be directed to OpticsPlanet's counsel, David Seidman, Enterprise Law Group LLP, at david(at)enterpriselg(dot)com or Kelly Swaine, OpticsPlanet Staff Attorney, at kelly(dot)swaine(at)opticsplanet(dot)com.

About OpticsPlanet, Inc.: Founded in 1999, OpticsPlanet, Inc. is one of the world's leading online retailers with targeted niche stores specializing in sport optics, tactical and military gear, binoculars, night vision optics, rifle scopes, and sunglasses. Based outside of Chicago, in Northbrook Illinois, the company operates a network of multiple online stores: www.OpticsPlanet.com, Microscopes.com, LabPlanet.com, Shoptics.com, Tactical-Store.com, EyeWearPlanet.com, RadarGuns.com, Night-Optics.com and other online stores. Since the launch of OpticsPlanet.com the company has received numerous industry awards and has been recognized by its customers and several major publications for its excellent service and stellar sales growth. Recently the company was recognized, for the third year in a row, by Internet Retailer Magazine as one of the top 500 e-retailers in the U.S. and by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 1000 fastest growing companies in the United States.

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