HALTOF SETTLES DISPUTE OVER FLIP CLIP NAME

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — David and Goliath have reached an agreement.

A dispute between Motorola Inc. of Schaumburg, Ill., and Haltof Product Design Inc. in Rochester, involving Haltof's trademark Flip Clip mobile phone holder, has been settled. Terms of the agreement are confidential; however, a direct result of the settlement is that Motorola has dropped its opposition to Haltof's trademark registration application.

Garry P. Haltof, the engineer who invented the Flip Clip, ran into problems with Motorola after filing for the trademarked name when the communications giant claimed it owned the word ``flip'' in connection with its cellular telephones.

``It has been a very long and exhaustive procedure that has sapped the limited resources of our small company,'' Haltof said.

Haltof's ABS Flip Clip is manufactured by Webster Plastics, a custom molder in Webster, N.Y. Vern DeWitt, president of Webster Plastics, assisted Haltof with the mold design and construction, and the two formed a partnership to manufacture, market and distribute Flip Clip.