Motorcycle, the European Court that handles the lawsuit of the giant Italian motorcycle manufacturer, Piaggio decided the Chinese manufacturer did not violate the intellectual property rights of one of the iconic Piaggio scooters (Vespa LX). ‘Vespa’ Copyright Infringement Lawsuit to Chinese Manufacturer Lose!
‘Vespa’ Copyright Infringement Lawsuit to Chinese Manufacturer Lose!
The Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on Tuesday ruled that the mainstay of Zhejiang Zhongheng’s scooter industry had “its own characteristics” when compared to the Piaggio Vespa LX. The reason China scooter has a more angular design lines compared to Vespa brands that tend to be rounded or oval.
The European Union gave the green light to the Chinese ‘Vespa’ scooter. Free from claims of imitating the best-selling and enduring legendary Italian scooter variant.
“There is no risk of confusion among information users,” the judges concluded.
The Luxembourg court’s decision came after a five-year process. It was first proposed by Piaggio with a case of alleged violation of intellectual property rights to the EU. They claim that registration of the European Union Zhejiang scooter product is against the law. For copying the iconic Vespa design, which has been on the market since 1946. The court’s decision, leaving concerns from Italian manufacturer manufacturers about its sales.
Since 2008, more than 1.6 million of the latest Vespa versions have been produced and sold worldwide. Last year Vespa sales grew 16 percent after touching the highest sales record in 2017.
In March, the Vespa GTX model was chosen as the “Scooter of the Year” at the prestigious Motorrad Awards in Germany. As for the LX series, it is the first model released in 2006. The combination of the old-school design of the Vespa with more modern features. The name LX means Roman numerals for the number 60. As a commemoration of the 60th year (1946 ~ 2006).