Piaggio Wins Copyright Dispute against the Chinese Copy of Vespa Model

CopyrightIntellectual Property RightsNews    May 28, 2020
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Piaggio Group (an Italian motor vehicle manufacturer that specializes in producing a range of compact commercial vehicles and two-wheeled motor vehicles) has quite recently won a Copyright dispute against a two-wheeler Chinese manufacturer for copying the Vespa model, Primavera.

In a recently issued statement, the Piaggio Group has mentioned that the design registered by the Chinese manufacturer has been declared as invalid by the invalidity division of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

The invalidity division at the EUIPO annulled the design registered by the Chinese party as it wasn’t capable of eliciting a different general expression corresponding to Vespa Primavera’s already registered design. Additionally, the invalidity division also pointed out that the registration by the Chinese manufacturer was nothing but an unlawful attempt to reproduce the aesthetic elements of Vespa Primavera.

At the 2019 EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, the Chinese manufacturer had tried to justify the production of its scooters, which were similar to Vespa. However, the authorities of the Fiera Milano Exhibition Center had removed the Chinese brand from the show after a complaint was filed by the Piaggio Group.

The Vespa Primavera is well protected by the three-dimensional registered trademark of the Vespa Scooter, the design registered by the Piaggio Group in 2013, and the copyright that protects the artistic value of the shape of Vespa, which is indeed a style icon since 1946.

The invalidity legal proceedings are a crucial part of the extensive activities undertaken by the Piaggio Group for years now against the issues of Intellectual Property Infringement and counterfeiting. Such activities include consistent monitoring of databases of the internationally registered trademarks and designs. As a consequence of these activities and the opposition proceedings initiated by the Piaggio Group, the company has successfully led to the cancellation of even more than 50 trademarks registered by the third parties in the past two years. For more visit: https://www.kashishipr.com/ 

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