Trent West Receives 8th Patent, Extends Protection of Tungsten Carbide Rings Sold in the United States

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Inventor Trent West has been granted an eighth U.S. Patent related to the manufacturing of finger rings comprised of Tungsten Carbide.

Inventor Trent West has been granted an eighth U.S. Patent related to the manufacturing of finger rings comprised of Tungsten Carbide.

Patent number 7,761,996 was granted to West on July 27, 2010 as a continuation of his seventh patent (patent number 6,993,842), further enhancing the definition of a Tungsten Carbide jewelry ring as interpreted by the U.S. Patent office.

“The issuing of this patent is a major accomplishment in our continued efforts to protect Trent West’s original invention of manufacturing Tungsten Carbide jewelry rings sold in the United States,” states Edward King, the attorney representing Trent West. “The new patent not only continues to protect jewelry rings produced with Tungsten Carbide but it redefines the amount of Tungsten Carbide used to produce the ring, extending the range of rings covered under the patent.”

Although a number of settlements have been reached with both manufacturers and retailers of Tungsten Carbide rings, litigation continues against those infringing on his other patent numbers: 6,062,045, 6,553,667, 6,990,736, 6,928,734, 6,993,842, 7,032,314 and 7,076,972.

Representing nearly 20% of the men’s wedding band market, Tungsten Carbide has become one of the most popular contemporary metals used in wedding bands. As one of the hardest materials used in the manufacture of rings, behind a diamond on the Mohs Scale of mineral hardness, Tungsten Carbide is also the most scratch-resistant metal on the jewelry ring market.

There are four legally authorized sellers of Tungsten Carbide rings protected by West’s eight patents relating to the concept and manufacture of Tungsten Carbide rings in the United States. They are Frederick Goldman, Inc, Benchmark, Jewelry Innovations and Fable.

For additional information on the eight Tungsten Carbide patents owned by Trent West, contact Edward King at 1-415-781-2888.

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