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Rotolight launches legal proceedings against Vibesta

Row over design infringement

LED lighting manufacturer Rotolight has launched legal proceedings against Dutch company Vibesta in a row over design infringement.

According to Rotolight, it has served a writ of summons and seeks an interim injunction for design infringement and slavish imitation of its product. This comes after a court granted a pre-trial seizure against Vibesta B.V. which was served by bailiffs at Vibesta’s premises on September 10th.

Rotolight said Vibesta’s Peragos Disk is to close in similarity to Rotolight’s NEO product range. In addition to the likely infringement of designs and trademarks present in the NEO LEDs, Rotolight claims Vibesta 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.

Rotolight CEO Rod Aaron Gammons 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, will hear the case on the 18th October and, if successful, the injunction would be enforceable throughout the European Union.