Leading bicycle manufacturer Avon Cycles Ltd has been dragged into court over alleged violations of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) by rival Hero Cycles Ltd.
Hero Cycles secretary Bharat Goel said, “We have filed a lawsuit against Avon Cycles for stealing one of our popular cycle design which was launched a year ago. A lot of research has gone into the design of model Hero RX-1 that was selling like hot cakes until it was copied. The sales figures saw a decline of 30% after Avon launched a model with same design four months ago.”
“We have already served a notice on Avon Cycles regarding infringement of intellectual property rights and a hearing in the court of law is expected by the end of this month. We have sought an injunction against selling the product and compensation for the losses to us due to what the rival company did,” Goel added. As per the lawsuit, Avon Cycles product AVON X-Track is identical to the registered design of Hero Cycles’ Hero RX-1 model.
Onkar Pahwa, managing director of Avon Cycles Ltd said, “The matter of identical cycle models was brought to our notice two months ago. After talking to the Hero Cycles management, we made the modifications in the design. The lot of AVON X-Track bicycles released after May 1 has the modified design. We also wrote and shared images of the new product (after changes) with the Hero Cycles management. But they still went to court.”
He said they would again reach out to the Hero Cycles management for sorting things out. “And, if their stance remains unchanged, then we will have to seek legal aid as well,” he said.