Yamaha wins “copycat” suit

April 18, 2006

Speaking of Asian copycats (Via the BBS):

Yamaha Motor Company, U.S.A., Cypress, Calif., has obtained a Consent Judgment in its lawsuit against Yamoto Motor Corporation, Union City, Calif. Yamoto has agreed to stop the import and sale of Yamoto products into the United States which Yamaha claimed were copycats of its products.

The lawsuit, filed October 12, 2005 in Los Angeles Federal Court against Yamoto Motor Corporation and Patriot Motorcycles Corporation (Pink Sheets: PMCY), alleged trademark infringement and copyright infringement, among other claims.

Read the full story at Powersports Business


3 Responses to “Yamaha wins “copycat” suit”

  1. 2strokebuzz » Blog Archive » Schwinn vs. TNG: Pacific Cycle’s response on April 21st, 2006 11:50am

    […] Fair enough, and we’ve noted that there are hundreds of US importers selling the same handful of Chinese-made scooter models (most commonly based on the Yamaha Vino design) under different brand names. Perhaps CMSI has written off smaller fly-by-night importers as being not worth worrying about, whereas a well-known name like Schwinn is a much bigger threat. And again, the lawlessness of the Chinese business frontier will certainly cloud this case– TNG probably has little recourse against their Chinese suppliers. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, the Yamaha settlement last week was an interesting precedent. Perhaps Yamaha will parlay their trademark victory into more lawsits against US distributors of Vino clones, if so, both TNG and Schwinn could be looking at even bigger problems. […]

  2. 2strokebuzz » Blog Archive » Bajaj blocks Chinese Pulsar clone on November 29th, 2006 3:33pm

    […] Along the lines of the recent Yamaha/Yamoto “copycatâ€? suit, Bajaj has blocked a Chinese company from importing Bajaj Pulsar copies to Sri Lanka. Gulsar? Come on, you could at least try, China. A few hundred more small victories like this, and Chinese manufacturers might give up on knockoffs. […]

  3. 2strokebuzz » Blog Archive » 2007 Dealer Expo: POCphil’s review on February 25th, 2007 11:16pm

    […] The Chinese plot was working, the booze must have been making me dizzy… I was seeing things that couldn’t exist, Honda Ruckus 150’s and Aprilia SR 125’s and at least 20 different interpretations of the Kymco Cobra and Honda Joker, all with different names. But, it didn’t stop there, as if the Chinese have no shame (they don’t) they didn’t limit their booth space to scooters. Ab-loungers, R/C cars, kitchen gadgets, and foot massagers were all on display between the scooters and bikes. All of these products displayed names you and I recognize, but with somehow substandard-looking packaging etc. They’ve gotten so bold I can’t help but think we’re on the cusp of some sort of corporate class action lawsuit. Could you imagine if the lawyers from Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and about 10 other Japanese companies ganged up and figured out a way to hold China accountable? (Yamaha has been moving in that direction, though there’s not much anyone can do to stop the Chinese from producing clones, they can fight importers. -2SB) […]

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