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by Mark Zalewski

January 11, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Leopold König explains his path from Sky domestique to Giro d’Italia contender; Brailsford critcised UKAD chairman for speaking about investigation; Contador says he is happy to be finished with Oleg Tinkov; Velocite company owner alleges patent infringement by Pinarello; Niels Albert criticises elder van der Poel for working on world champs course construction; Athletes blast UCI for short notice on world championships; USA Cycling names cyclocross World Championships team; Christoph Strasser’s Australian record-breaking adventure starts in Perth today; British All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group seeking cyclists involved in traffic incidents; Stephen Hyde on the lead-up to nationals; Euro-cross recap video; Farmer drops pro triathletes like a boss; Fat Bike caught on electric fence.

Velocite company owner alleges patent infringement by Pinarello

by CyclingTips

Victor Major, CEO of Velocite Tech. Co Ltd, posted an open letter on his company’s blog alleging patent and intellectual property infringement by Italian bicycle maker Pinarello on its new Dogma F10 frame. Pinarello unveiled it just this week at the Team Sky media day.

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“I am personally flattered that you like my concave downtube design so much that you used it not only on the Bolide TT frame, but also on the just released Dogma F10 frame,” he wrote.

“If we had not patented the concave downtube design I would have indeed been very flattered that a noted bicycle brand like yours chose to use our design, thus validating the year of development that I personally put into it. Alas, we actually hold three patents on the concave downtube design. One patent is a design patent in China (ZL2015 2 0139826.6), one is a design patent in Taiwan (D 170607) and then there is the main one, an invention patent valid for 20 years also granted in Taiwan (I562931). Both Taiwan and China are signatories to WIPO, just like Italy.”

“I initially alerted you to this issue in May 2016 once I observed our design and associated aerodynamic performance claim on the Bolide TT bike, only to be met with complete silence until July when three members of your engineering team checked out my LinkedIn profile for some reason (July 16th to be exact). They did not talk to me, or anyone in our company. I guess visiting my LinkedIn profile was deemed sufficient.”

“I could understand that perhaps you used our intellectual property by accident when you made the new Bolide TT. After all finding out who owns what patent is not that simple and in bicycle industry perhaps it is not the norm to investigate the intellectual property space before forging ahead with a new design. However, with the new Dogma F10 your use of our intellectual property is deliberate. You know it belongs to us. You were notified. You chose not to engage with us. What do you expect should happen next?”

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