PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 25, 2003) — Davin Wheel Co., originator of the continuous motion, or “spinner” wheel, has secured a U.S. patent for its wheel spinner assembly and said it would “actively enforce” the patent rights.
"As the market leader in spinning wheels, we will continue to aggressively develop our technology and design capabilities to further enhance our products,” said CEO Ian Hardman in a prepared statement. “Along this line, we also intend to actively enforce our patent rights and go after those who infringe on our design."
The patent, No. 6,554,370, covers “a wheel spinner assembly for use with a vehicle wheel such that the spinner assembly rotates independently relative to the wheel itself,” Davin said.
Being granted the patent gives Davin "the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling" the invention in the U.S. or "importing" it into the U.S., according to the language of the patent.
Davin, which debuted the spinning wheel technology at the L.A. Auto Show in January 2001, expects sales to more than double this year, to $8.5 million, as it gears up assembly at its 7-month-old factory in Norwalk, Calif., and launches two new product lines.