Iron Grip Enters Into One-Time License Agreement with Gill Athletics

October 29, 2002, Orange County, CA – Iron Grip Barbell Company has recently signed a limited license agreement with Gill Athletics for a line of Olympic weight plates with handgrips. The plates will be sold through Gill Athletics and its distributors.

Currently, Iron Grip Barbell Company manufactures its Iron Grip® and IGX(tm) Olympic weight plate lines, which are covered by various domestic and international patents including US patents 5,137,502 and D355,007. Iron Grip holds several other patents as well as domestic and international trademarks in various classifications. Iron Grip has additional patents pending as well as additional intellectual property under development.

Most of the grip plates presently on the market are sold pursuant to license or other agreement with Iron Grip. Iron Grip has such agreements with the following companies: Hampton Fitness Products, York Barbell Company, Fitness Products International (Icarian Fitness Equipment), and Ivanko Barbell Company. Iron Grip also holds a license agreement with Impex, Inc., for their MAX Olympic plate line and their Marcy Grip retail line of standard plates, both of which feature a 12-sided design and integrated handgrips.

About Gill Althetics
Gill Athletics (formerly known as Gill Sports) was founded nearly 80 years ago by Harry Gill, a well-known Track and Field athlete and coach. Gill Athletics today is not only the largest manufacturer of track and field equipment in the world, but also the oldest manufacturer that carries a complete product line. Gill Athletics strive to continue in the tradition of excellence of its founder with constant improvements and quality products for every level of athletic competition.

About Irongrip
As the largest provider of commercial free weight equipment worldwide, Iron Grip maintains its commitment to developing groundbreaking designs, building reliable equipment, and providing excellent customer care. With over 45 patents issued or pending in the US and internationally, Iron Grip will continue to develop innovative new products to strengthen its intellectual property base, and to meet the evolving needs of the industry.

For more information, contact the company at 800-664-IRON or visit their web site at

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