Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball Camps Accused of Infringing Ball Machine Patents

Friday, July 21, 2017

Cal Ripken, Jr.’s baseball camps were sued for patent infringement in Maryland federal court on June 23, 2017 by Zito, LLC. In its Complaint, Zito alleges that it owns patents that cover a “User-Specific Dispensing System,” see U.S. Patent Nos. 7,398,921 and 9,443,369.  The patents are directed to a system of dispensing an item based on certain programmed characteristics. According to Zito, the Ripken baseball camps use a baseball practice machine called the “Fungoman® FM-250.” According to the Complaint, the Ripken camps use of the Fungoman® FM-250 baseball practice machine infringes its patents by using a program called Ripken’s Performance Metrics in the machines.  Zito further alleges that the Ripken camps infringement is willful because the Ripken camps had prior notice of the Zito patents. The Complaint seeks a judgment of infringement, profits, enhanced damages and attorneys’ fees and costs.  The case is Zito LLC v. CRJ Inc. et al., case number 1:17-cv-01733 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.