Dreamhelmet Inventor Sues Sleep Master for $1 Million for Patent Infringement
Los Angeles — James de Cordova, president of Dreamcloud Productions has filed suit against Sleep Master, and its owners, Las Vegas attorney Mark C. Gordon and his wife Cynthia J. Callendar-Gordon, also an attorney. De Cordova says he hopes to recover losses and damages caused by Gordon’s use of false advertising, by claiming his product the Sleep Master does things that Cordova’s patented Dreamhelmet claims in its utility patent awarded in July 1998.
The million dollar suit was filed by Intellectual Property Attorney Robert Klein. The Law firm of Robert G. Klein on 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles is well known in the local legal community for successfully prosecuting intellectual property law violations. From his office perched high above the gritty center of ‘LA Noir’, Klein has a crusading Batman-like reputation for bringing down patent scofflaws and securing justice and substantial awards for his clients.
De Cordova claims the Gordons have been making use of a cheap ‘design’ patent to hijack his utility patent claims of a sound blocking pillow combined with a sleep mask. The Cordova says, “This lawyer claims to be an inventor, and advertises that he invented a sleep mask that also blocks sound. All he has is a design patent that required no work or imagination and only cost him a couple of hundred bucks to register – with no claims. In fact, the pillow portion which covers the years and supposedly blocks sound has no sound blocking material in it whatsoever!” The Dreamhelmet, on the other hand, is made of 23 separate pieces of material, including a foam that blocks sound.
De Cordova explains further, “After I spent years and thousands of dollars perfecting our product and getting a utility patent, we sent advertising and a sample Dreamhelmet to every hotel/casino in Las Vegas. A short time later this Las Vegas lawyer claims that he’d been searching all over for sleep mask that would also block light and sound and could not find one (so he was forced to invent one), even though the Dreamhelmet had appeared in the Sunday section of the Washington Post and a lot of other newspapers and articles nationwide. Not to mention the Dreamhelmets circulating around in Las Vegas, where he has been in business for many years. His alleged brainstorm seems like little more than coincidence! His advertising claims would be a joke if it weren’t for the fact that he’s been stealing our customers for years with his cheap product – by claiming to be an inventor and lying to the public.”
Originally invented for travelers, the Dreamhelmet was an instant hit with travel experts, such as KC Summers of the Washington Post, Arthur Frommer of Frommer’s Budget Travel Guide. It has appeared on television numerous times, and was submitted to the Armed Forces for consideration as a tool to help American soldiers sleep in the barracks and battlefield locations. The Dreamhelmet website has for years offered to send free, camouflage fabric Dreamhelmets to soldiers on active duty, with any size order.
The Dreamhelmet (American flag model, Stars & Stripes) was offered to the US Soccer Team on their way to the FIFA finals in South Africa as a way, in de Cordova’s words, “..to help them sleep their way to victory”.
The patented Dreamhelmet invention is a combination sleep mask and sound muffling pillow. It also has secret pockets for storing credit cards, money, jewelry, cell phones and iPods. A cell phone or iPod can be inserted in one of the secret ‘HiPockets’ and set for a discreet wake-up call. The Dreamhelmet is covered in different attractive fabrics, but only 100% cotton touches the face on the inside. Dreamhelmets also convert to hand warming muffs. Some Dreamhelmet models are: Cloud Nine, Teddybear, Adventurer, Rainforest, and Blue Heaven. The newest model, Dreamcatcher, in dark blue suede-like material, can be found on both eBay and Amazon.
Los Angeles intellectual property infringement lawyer Robert Klein has over 25 years of experience litigating business conflicts in a variety of courts. He has made over 60 court appearances through his career, including litigation proceedings in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. He can help businesses involved in conflicts over patent infringement, copyright infringement, trade secret litigation and breach of contract actions. Call 213-996-8508 to contact Klein and discover how he can assist your company.