Millis, Massachusetts, United States
Kanguru today announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Imation in
the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts seeking
restitution as well as to prevent Imation’s continued use of the
Kanguru, a division of Interactive Media Corporation, has been shipping
secure USB devices with the trademarked Defender name as part of the
Kanguru DefenderTM product portfolio since January 2008. The
allegedly infringing Imation Defender line has been shipping since
mid-2010. In addition, Imation acquired two of Kanguru’s competitors
(MXI Security and Ironkey) in 2011 and integrated the sales and product
portfolios of these two companies into the Imation Defender suite.
“Kanguru formally noticed Imation of the Defender trademark violation in
2010. That notice has been ignored for nearly two years,” said Don
Brown, president and CEO of Kanguru. “Considering the fact that the
Imation and Kanguru product sets with the Defender names are directly
competitive in a global market with many overlapping distribution
channels, this is an extremely damaging situation for Kanguru which must
be addressed to clarify confusion in the marketplace.”
Kanguru has spent substantial development and marketing funds to create
the Kanguru DefenderTM secure storage product brand. It is a
best of breed, robust security solution meeting a range of international
government certifications such as Common Criteria and FIPS 140-2.
Combined with the Kanguru Remote Management ConsoleTM,
organizations can deploy and remotely manage fleets of hardware
encrypted USB flash drives and hard drives through the internet to
reduce costs and meet various compliance requirements such as data
With its lawsuit, Kanguru is seeking injunctive relief to prevent
Imation from the continued use of the Imation Defender product name.
Kanguru is also seeking damages for lost opportunities and irreparable
damage to the Kanguru brand and confusion in the marketplace.
To learn more about the Kanguru DefenderTM
USB security solution set, please visit www.kanguru.com.
Kanguru is a global leader of high-quality secure portable storage
devices, remote access solutions, and computer peripherals. Kanguru has
been providing government, enterprises, organizations and consumers with
the best in easy-to-use, certified, secure IT products and data storage
for more than 20 years. For more information on Kanguru, please visit
their website at www.kanguru.com.