CLEARFIELD — Lifetime Products Inc. said Wednesday it has been granted a summary judgment of literal infringement against Maxchief Investments, Ltd., a major Asian manufacturer of folding blow-molded tables.

The United States District Court for the Central District of California previously had found that Maxchief's distributor Alton Industries Inc. had infringed a Lifetime patent by importing and selling various Maxchief table products. At the time, Maxchief postponed a finding that it too had infringed Lifetime's patent by arguing that Maxchief's distributors, rather than Maxchief itself, were responsible for the infringing importation and sale of Maxchief's products.

In the most recent ruling, the court rejected Maxchief's assertion and found that Maxchief also is liable for the introduction of its infringing products, including those sold to and through Alton, into the United States.

Privately held Lifetime manufacturers polyethylene folding utility tables and chairs and basketball equipment.