Tridynamic Sentenced to Recall Patent Infringing Cervlo Frames

The European Patent Office has confirmed the patent infringement of the Cervelo RS, R3 and R3 SL framesets as well as complete bikes as claimed by Canyon Bicycles. This confirmation follows on the verdict
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LINDENBERG, Germany – The European Patent Office has confirmed the patent infringement of the Cervélo RS, R3 and R3 SL framesets as well as complete bikes as claimed by Canyon Bicycles. This confirmation follows on the verdict of the German district court of Duesseldorf last September in the case of Canyon Bicycles GmbH against the former Cervélo distributor Tridynamic GmbH.

Today, in a letter to German IBD’s, Tridynamic announces: “The recall of all frames and wheels series Cervélo RS, R3 and R3 SL which were put on the market since January 9th 2008.” The IBD’s are asked to review their stock and inform Tridynamic in order to arrange transportation.

The German district court also convicted Tridynamic to inform Canyon on the exact deliveries and deals, broken down by delivery quantities, times and prices, including the model names and the name and addresses as well as the advertising campaigns broken down by advertising, circulation, circulation period and area.

As the recall only refers to the older R-models the number of bikes in stock at the IDBS will be limited. The new 2011 R-models are not affected. However this patent infringement could put a heavy burden on the financial position of Cervélo and/or Tridynamic.

“We seriously regret that we have bought apparently infringing goods from Cervélo and sold them to our customers”, says Peter Seyberth GM of Tridynamic. “Particularly unpleasant for us is that we have contributed to these potential patent infringement, because we supplied two frames of Canyon on request by Cervélo and sent them to Canada in 2005.”