Newport Controls Files Complaint Seeking Declaratory Judgment Against Balboa Water Group

April 28, 2010

IRVINE, Calif., April 28 /PRNewswire/ — Newport Controls, LLC filed a complaint today against Balboa Water Group, Inc. seeking declaratory judgments of patent non-infringement and invalidity in the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles. In the complaint, Newport Controls asserted that the company’s development and sales of a new and improved spa system do not infringe four patents owned by Balboa–United States Patent Nos. 5,361,215, 5,550,753, 5,559,720, and 7,030,343–and that claims of those patents are invalid.

Newport Controls has recently begun to sell a revolutionary spa system. As stated in the complaint, Balboa “has been contacting Newport Controls’ actual and potential customers with threats to sue them and Newport Controls for patent infringement arising from Newport Controls’ spa system.”

“Newport Controls understands that it is important to respect intellectual property, but it is equally important that patent owners do not overreach and threaten meritless lawsuits,” said Michael J. Rogerson, Chairman, President, and CEO of Newport Controls. “Patent owners should respect innovations by competitors, and we want to assure our customers that Newport Controls stands behind our products.”

About Newport Controls

Newport Controls is headquartered in Irvine, California and is the manufacturer of revolutionary Smart Controls for Hot Tub applications. To learn more about Newport Controls, please visit www.newportcontrols.com.

SOURCE Newport Controls, LLC

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