posted by dpm on 10/15/2010
Public records clearly show that Chu is the sole individual responsible for product development; the records state Young Chu is the owner of the word mark “MAD ROCK” and all its affiliate creations and trademarked items.” Young holds patents for all Mad Rock products including D516783 (shoe heel), 6470599 (concave shoe sole), 6050003 (boot with outside preformed stress relief), and 7107656 (safety buckle).It is clear that the inception of the actual design and the creation of the final products began and ended with Young.
Even with the records firmly in place, several company announcements from Climb X continued to position both Garland & Kim as founding members. However, DPM uncovered a court case in Moab Utah, Garland v. Jonas, Civil No. 0907-77 which painted a different picture. During his testimony, Garland was questioned under oath about his position at Mad Rock. Garland testified that he was "the sales and marketing manager" at Mad Rock. To some, this comment directly contradicts the numerous press releases that were sent out by Climb X stating that Joe Garland was in fact a founding member of Mad Rock.
Currently a lawsuit is being brought forth by Mad Rock to impose a permanent injunction on the company known as Climb X
, which would restrict the creation and distribution of Climb X
products within the United States. In our conversations with Joe Garland, owner of Climb X
, he denied any knowledge of this lawsuit. Undoubtedly, Climb X
will respond with their own accusations and formal complaints and the drama will play itself out in the courts. Regardless of the outcome, it will be interesting to watch things unfold. Stay tuned.