Even Martha Stewart Isn’t Safe From Bedbugs… In A Way

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is being sued by JAB Distributors LLC for allegedly infringing on a patent for “Protect-A-Bed” mattress covers through the distribution of its Martha Stewart Collection Allergy Wise Mattress Protector. JAB filed its complaint last week in a Chicago court.

According to Bloomberg, the company has taken issue with several of MSLO’s product’s design features, which, it claims, bear striking similarities to its own patented merchandise:

The JAB patent, issued in June 2009, is for a “bug-impervious fabric” with a zipper opening for removal of the mattress and a foam pad at the end of the zipper so the bedbugs can’t escape from that opening. JAB calls its invention the “BugLock.”

“It is likely that the evidence will show that Martha Stewart’s acts of infringement have been made with full knowledge” of the patent, Northbrook, Illinois-based JAB said in the court filing.

Martha Stewart’s company is currently looking into these claims.