Billy Joe Griggs Jr. said he expected to be ripped off.
Griggs, owner of a furniture company in Pulaski, Tenn., designed and patented a ready-to-assemble sofa that takes less room to ship than a factory-assembled one. After licensing it to a U.S. furniture manufacturer, he began negotiating a similar arrangement with a Chinese manufacturer.
But he claims the foreign company ignored a confidentiality agreement, copied his design to make its own sofas and attempted to sell them to his U.S. retail customers. He’s now suing in federal court in Nashville for “misappropriation of confidential, proprietary and trade secret information.”
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