Copyright violation: Avon says design doesn’t belong to Hero, already popular abroad

  • Sumeer Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jun 01, 2016 21:05 IST

Dragged to court by its arch-rival Hero Cycles over alleged copyright violation, Avon Cycles, in its reply on Tuesday, said the bicycle design in question was already popular in the United States and China. The firm had earlier maintained that it has made requisite changes in the design of the bicycle model in question.

The company also sought transfer of the case to high court, saying the district court can’t hear a case that comes under the purview of the Design Act, 2000.

“American bicycle manufacturer Huffy and many in China have been selling the design for years and the owners of Hero Cycles claim that the design of its product (Hero RX1) launched last year was their copyright,” the counsel of Avon, Aditya Jain, submitted in the court.

Reacting to Avon’s response, Hero’s counsel Yash Paul Ghai said “Avon was indulging in double-speak”. “First it claimed to have made changes in its model (Avon- X Track) and now it says the design was already popular world over. We will counter it in the court on the next hearing (July 8),” said Ghai.

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