Dahon – Tern Battle Intensifying at Eurobike
Dahon launched today at Eurobike its 2012 program as well as its marketing campaign that goes with it. During this presentation Sales Director Eddie Eccleston said
Dahon launched today at Eurobike its 2012 program as well as its marketing campaign that goes with it. During this presentation Sales Director Eddie Eccleston said on questions that Dahon was forced to remove the Dahon Vector folder from display at the booth of its German distributor BICO.
The Munich District Court in Germany has granted a preliminary ex parte injunction against several Dahon North America products for design patent violations. The design patent covers Dahon Ios and Vector models which Dahon North America has been offering as part of its 2012 range. With the injunction Dahon North America is forbidden by the court from selling or marketing bicycles based on these frames in Germany. This preliminary court order is effective immediately and bans the display of bikes, frames and all marketing material in Germany.
“Dahon has always been made up primarily of three independent companies, Dahon Global, Dahon North America and Dahon China, cooperating closely together. As many people are aware, for the 2012 season Dahon Global, based in Taiwan, will no longer be working with Dahon China or Dahon North America”, stated Stewart Clark, Dahon Global Legal manager. “All of these entities have intellectual property that they have developed and it is important that ownership is respected. Legal actions are always a last resort but this is a clear indication of our will to protect our intellectual property."
“We have identified additional potential intellectual property issues with Dahon North America en Dahon China products and they have been duly notified”, concluded Clark. “To be honest, most of our intellectual property is a matter of public record and anybody with questions is welcome to contact us for clarification.”
Sales Director Eddie Eccleston said: “Tern was able to register a patent in the country of Lithuania. As we are a law abiding company we removed the Vector. However we will off course address this matter further in court. And we are convinced that we will win this. We can prove prior usage and that will kill the Tern case.”