News Yamaha Files Suit Over Copying Design

Yamaha Files Suit Over Copying Design

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Following failed attempts to reach a resolution with Eco Trade Co., LTD, and Taiseienter Co. Ltd. through negotiations, Yamaha Motor Co. has filed a suit against both Japanese companies, claiming they copied the design of Yamaha’s “Gear” model scooter.

The suit, which was filed under the category of “acts of unfair competition,” seeks not only compensation, but also an injunction against manufacturer and the sale of the electric scooters that Yamaha says are based on the Gear design.

Speaking of the suit, the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer says “Yamaha Motor counts its intellectual property rights as core management resources, and will continue to vigorously prosecute any infringement upon them that impedes an environment of fair competition.”

Yamaha says Eco Trade Co. and Taiseienter Co. copied the design of the Gear BX50 and Gear BX50N scooters. These scooters feature a 49cc, four-stroke liquid cooled engine, and costs around $2400.

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