Piaggio group has won the first-instance European patent infringement suits
against Peugeot Motocycles in Paris and Milan. Peugeot Motocycles is a 100 per
cent subsidiary of Mahindra Two Wheelers, which in turn is part of Mahindra
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a press release, the Piaggio Group said that, with rulings issued within a few
days of each other, both the Tribunal Judiciaire of Paris and the Court of
Milan had found Peugeot Motocycles guilty of infringing a European patent on
the technology of the Piaggio MP3 three-wheel scooter with the Peugeot
patent in question owned by the Piaggio Group to which the rulings in its
favour refer (still subject to appeal) relates to the control system that
enables a three-wheel vehicle to tilt sideways like a conventional motorcycle.
the infringement, Peugeot Motocycles has been sentenced in France to pay
damages calculated at 1,500,000 euro, in addition to further penalties for
infringement and legal expenses. The ruling of the Paris court also prohibits
Peugeot Motocycles on French territory from producing, promoting, marketing,
importing, exporting, using and/or possessing any three-wheel scooter that uses
the control system patented by the Piaggio Group (including the Peugeot
Metropolis), on penalty of payment of a fine for every counterfeit
Court of Milan has prohibited Peugeot Motocycles on Italian territory from
importing, exporting, marketing and advertising (offline and online) the
Peugeot Metropolis, with a fine of Euros 6,000 established for every vehicle
sold after a term of 30 days from the announcement of the sentence. Peugeot
Motocycles must also withdraw all counterfeit vehicles from sale in Italy
within 90 days, on penalty of payment of an additional fine of Euros 10,000 for
every day of delay in executing the order, the release said.
a broader scenario with respect to the sentences, the Piaggio Group noted that
its sizeable R&D investments, which have put it at the cutting edge of
three-wheel vehicle technology, have won the Piaggio MP3 a leadership position
on the market.
suits are part of a wider range of activities against counterfeiting pursued by
the Piaggio Group for years, involving continuous monitoring of competitor
products and of international patent databases. In recent years, lawsuits
brought by the Piaggio Group have led to the recognition of the unique nature
of the design and technological innovation of its products, which are admired
all over the world.
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