Hero Cycles Ltd has filed a lawsuit alleging piracy of registered design and passing off against Avon Cycles Limited in the Ludhiana District Court and summons in the suit have been issued seeking a response from Avon Cycles.
The lawsuit was filed a month after Hero Cycles issued a cease and desist notice to Avon, cautioning the latter against Intellectual property rights (IPR) violation practices.
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The lawsuit pertains to the Hero Cycles’ product HERO RX-1 whose design is registered under the Designs Act, 2000 under No 270519. The lawsuit alleges that Avon Cycles product AVON X-Track is identical to the registered design of Hero Cycles’ aforementioned product, indicating infringement of Intellectual Property Rights.
Hero Cycles, which is the world’s largest bicycle maker, invests significantly in research and development for innovation in product and processes, and stands strongly for the need of respecting IPR, patents and copyrights.
Bharat Goel, CFO and company secretary of Hero Cycles Limited has confirmed that “the company has filed a suit against Avon cycles Limited seeking injunction and other relief”.