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.
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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.
March 19, 1989
Nikken Sekkei Ltd., one of Japan's largest architecture/engineering consulting firms with expertise in seismic engineering and earthquake research, has opened its first U.S. subsidiary in Los Angeles. The subsidiary, Nikken America Inc., has opened offices at 333 S. Hope St., Suite 2650. Its goal is "to develop a Pacific Rim architectural culture with influences from both countries' traditions."