Vossen Wheels Patent Ruling

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

It is often said that you will know you have a really good idea when other people take it and use it as their own. Having someone steal your work is a compliment in its most offensive form. This holds true for patents, copyright, trademarks  and other intellectual property. It happens more often than you might think, but people don't always do something about it. Fortunately, the law recognizes that intellectual property theft happens on many levels and has safeguards in place for those who wish to pursue justice for these wrongful acts. 

At Berenato & White, we recently scored a moral and legal victory for one of our clients. It came in the form of a temporary restraining order that prevents a competitor from marketing a hot product design, building cheap copies and selling them as their own. 

Vossen Wheels is a quality designer and manufacturer of custom vehicle wheels. The U.S.-based company invests a considerable amount of time and money into the overall development and intricate construction of its custom wheels. The branded designs are distinct in their nature and backed by patents and trademarks. A few styles in particular have recently become quite popular and are in high demand from consumers. One of Vossen's competitors, Redline, has apparently taken a liking to the designs as well. Vossen alleges that Redline has built "knock-off" replicas of Vossen wheels and was marketing and selling them until a restraining order last week made Redline stop. Vossen has taken a hard stand in the legal arena, and our lawyers are standing behind them.

At Berenato & White, we are an experienced Maryland law firm that focuses on providing quality management of patents, copyrights and trademarks. We knew that it was important for our client to take a stand. The Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show was held last week. There was concern that Redline would try to market and sell the Vossen knock-offs at the show. A temporary restraining order prevented this, but it had to be handled within a few days. 

Our lawyers were able to move quickly, petitioning for and receiving a temporary restraining order. This is often a difficult task, because there is no prior hearing involved. It requires substantial evidence of irreparable harm before a judge will grant the order. These types of orders are usually in effect for 10 or 11 days. A hearing is held later that gives the defendant a chance to pleadits case. The  judge can uphold or overturn the ruling after considering other evidence. 

Patents and trademarks are invaluable to people with great ideas. It's also important to have an experienced intellectual property law firm in place to stand up for their rights. While this case will take some time to move forward in litigation, the placement of the temporary restraining order is a step in the right direction.

At Berenato & White, we recently scored a moral and legal victory for one of our clients. It came in the form of a temporary restraining order that prevents a competitor from marketing a hot product design, building cheap copies and selling them as their own. 

Vossen Wheels is a quality designer and manufacturer of custom vehicle wheels. The U.S.-based company invests a considerable amount of time and money into the overall development and intricate construction of its custom wheels. The branded designs are distinct in their nature and backed by patents and trademarks. A few styles in particular have recently become quite popular and are in high demand from consumers. One of Vossen's competitors, Redline, has apparently taken a liking to the designs as well. Vossen alleges that Redline has built "knock-off" replicas of Vossen wheels and was marketing and selling them until a restraining order last week made Redline stop. Vossen has taken a hard stand in the legal arena, and our lawyers are standing behind them.

At Berenato & White, we are an experienced Maryland law firm that focuses on providing quality management of patents, copyrights and trademarks. We knew that it was important for our client to take a stand. The Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show was held last week. There was concern that Redline would try to market and sell the Vossen knock-offs at the show. A temporary restraining order prevented this, but it had to be handled within a few days. 

Our lawyers were able to move quickly, petitioning for and receiving a temporary restraining order. This is often a difficult task, because there is no prior hearing involved. It requires substantial evidence of irreparable harm before a judge will grant the order. These types of orders are usually in effect for 10 or 11 days. A hearing is held later that gives the defendant a chance to pleadits case. The  judge can uphold or overturn the ruling after considering other evidence. 

Patents and trademarks are invaluable to people with great ideas. It's also important to have an experienced intellectual property law firm in place to stand up for their rights. While this case will take some time to move forward in litigation, the placement of the temporary restraining order is a step in the right direction.