Peugeot Motocycles Condemned for “Counterfeiting”

Peugeot Motocycles has been convicted of “infringement” of a patent for the three-wheeled scooter of its Italian competitor Piaggio.

Peugeot Motocycles has been convicted in France and Italy for “infringement” of a patent for Piaggio’s three-wheeled scooter. Peugeot Motocycles, owned by the Indian group Mahindra, was ordered in Paris to pay 1.5 million euros in damages and to cease the marketing of scooters using this patent. The patent in question concerns “the control of the system which allows a three-wheeled vehicle to tilt to the side, like a traditional motorcycle”, specifies Piaggio. In 2006, the Italian manufacturer launched its first three-wheeled model, the MP3, whose success has led other manufacturers to imitate it, such as Peugeot, via its “Metropolis” range made in France, but also Yamaha or Quadro.

In Italy, Peugeot Motocycles was condemned by a court in Milan to no longer market these scooters, under penalty of having to pay 6,000 euros in penalty for each vehicle sold at the end of the 30 days following the announcement of the court decision. Both decisions are subject to appeal. The management of Peugeot Motocycles could not be reached on Tuesday morning.

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Peugeot Motocycles has been convicted of "infringement" of a patent for the three-wheeled scooter of its Italian competitor Piaggio.

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