© 2021, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. Extract from a press release published by Piaggio Group:
THE PIAGGIO GROUP WINS ACTION FOR INFRINGEMENT OF EUROPEAN PATENTS OF FIRST INSTANCE AGAINST PEUGEOT MOTORCYCLES IN PARIS AND MILAN
AFTER VESPA, THE UNIQUE CHARACTER OF THE PIAGGIO MP3 SCOOTER IS ALSO RECOGNIZED
The Piaggio Group continues its fight to protect its products against counterfeits
Paris – Milan – The Piaggio Group (PIA.MI) said that with rulings delivered within days of each other, both the Paris Judicial Court and the Milan Court had found Peugeot Motocycles (now owned by an Indian group) guilty of an offense to a European patent regulation on the technology of the three-wheeled scooter Piaggio MP3 with the Peugeot Metropolis model.
The patent in question held by the Piaggio group to which the judgments in its favor (still subject to appeal) refer concerns the control system which allows a three-wheeled vehicle to tilt sideways like a conventional motorcycle.
For the infringement, Peugeot Motocycles was ordered in France to pay damages calculated at 1,500,000 euros, in addition to additional penalties for infringement and legal costs.
The decision of the Paris court also prohibits Peugeot Motocycles on French territory from producing, promoting, marketing, importing, exporting, using and / or owning any three-wheeled scooter using the control system patented by the Piaggio Group (including Peugeot Metropolis ), under penalty of paying a fine for any counterfeit vehicle.
The Milan court banned Peugeot Motocycles on Italian territory from importing, exporting, marketing and advertising (offline and online) Peugeot Metropolis, with a fine of € 6,000 established for each vehicle sold after a period of 30 days from the announcement of the sentence. Peugeot Motocycles must also withdraw all counterfeit vehicles from sale in Italy within 90 days, under penalty of payment of an additional fine of € 10,000 per day of delay in the execution of the order.