August 6, 1999 |
Nikken USA Inc., an Irvine-based direct marketing company that sells nutritional supplements and relaxation products, has filed a lawsuit accusing high-tech gadgets retailer Sharper Image Corp. of infringing on a patent for therapeutic magnets that fit inside shoes. In the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Nikken contends it owns a 1984 U.S. patent for magnetized adhesive pads, including shoe insoles, thought to relieve foot pain.
July 8, 1996 |
Were it not for the watchful eyes at the Food and Drug Administration, you might see bumper stickers like this across Southern California and beyond: MAGNET THERAPY= WORLD HEALTH, WORLD PEACE From backaches to headaches and tennis elbow, from poodles with broken legs to bridge-club women rump-sprung from sitting too long, controversial "magnet therapy" is being employed increasingly these days as an alternative to mainstream medical approaches.
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February 14, 2005 |
Health and nutrition company Nikken spared few expenses when it built its $33.8-million headquarters in Irvine in 1999. The 213,000-square-foot structure was a testament to the high-flying days of a booming economy and included a three-story, curved rotunda made of glass and aluminum. The building provided Nikken with a comfortable, stylish place in which to do business, plus an unexpected perk: It soon became a favorite filming location for Hollywood studios.
July 10, 1999 |
Two of the world's largest direct marketing networks are suing each other, each contending the other copied its design for therapeutic body magnets. Amway Corp. struck first, filing a patent infringement lawsuit against Irvine-based Nikken U.S.A. Inc. on June 22 in federal court in Nashville. Amway, based in Ada, Mich., alleged that shortly after it introduced a line of magnetic pads that purportedly block pain signals from reaching the brain, Nikken and partner Nu-Magnetics Inc.
November 17, 1999 |
The courtroom battle between two of the world's largest direct-marketing companies was revived when a federal judge reinstated Amway Corp.'s patent infringement case against Nikken U.S.A. Inc. in Irvine. Amway, based in Ada, Mich., sued Nikken in June in a federal court in Nashville, alleging that the California company was copying patented designs for a line of magnetic pads that purportedly block pain signals from reaching the brain. Nikken countersued the multilevel marketing giant in U.S.
April 13, 2000 |
Despite higher lease rates, business expansion is steadily driving new office-building construction in Orange County. Nearly 2.5 million square feet are under construction in the John Wayne Airport area and in South County, accounting for 91% of the area's new office space, according to a new report by Voit Commercial Brokerage, a Woodland Hills firm. "That's where the demand is," said Jerry Holdner, a Voit vice president.