Late last month Rotolight, British LED lighting manufacturer, has escalated legal proceedings against Vibesta B.V., part of the F&V Group.
Rotolight has now served a writ of summons and seeks an interim injunction for design infringement and slavish imitation of its product.
This comes after the court granted a pre-trial seizure against Vibesta B.V. which was served by bailiffs at Vibesta’s premises on September 10th prior to the IBC Show in Amsterdam.
Rotolight was initially made aware of Vibesta’s ‘Peragos Disk’ product line in May of this year by a number of retailers who expressed concern of its similarity to Rotolight’s Neo product range.
Around the same time, industry sources such as Newsshooter and DIY Photography published their observations about the visual similarities between the Peragos Disk and Rotolight’s on-camera LED, NEO.
In addition to the likely infringement of designs and trademarks present in the NEO LEDs, Vibesta B.V. have also used digitally altered versions of Rotolight’s product images in its own marketing campaign. The use of infringing imagery has since been discontinued after Rotolight’s UK lawyers sent a demand letter to the company.
Rod Aaron Gammons, CEO, Rotolight said: “Copying the design of our most successful product to produce a slavish imitation is unacceptable and must be stopped. We have made significant investments in research and development to deliver value for our users and so protecting our extensive portfolio of intellectual property (unless properly licensed) remains a high priority. We are confident that we will prevail in the upcoming legal proceedings. Until the judgement is rendered, we will refrain from making any further comments”.
The District Court in The Hague, the Netherlands, heard the case on the October 18.
Digital Studio Middle East will have further details as soon as Rotolight makes more information available.