Smith & Koroyd Sue Burton for using WaveCel in headphones


Smith and Koroyd jointly filed an intellectual property lawsuit against Burton for the use of Wavecel in its products.

Wavecel is a spin and impact protection insert developed by Bontrager and first released in March 2019. Burton, a company specializing in snowboarding equipment, has announced that it will also use this technology in its new line. of Anon helmets earlier this year. Koroyd is also a protective insert, but instead of rubber waves it uses extruded tubing to absorb impact.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah and accuses Burton of infringing U.S. Patent No. 10,736,373 by importing and selling Anon helmets in the United States. A separate legal action is also filed by Koroyd in Germany against Burton, also based on intellectual property infringement. The patent that Burton claims to have infringed concerns a “Helmet with shock absorbing inserts“, filed on August 13, 2013. It is not known exactly where the patent was infringed at this time.

According to A press release, Burton was asked to respect the patent rights of Smith and Koroyd before launching its Anon products. However, after Burton decided to continue with the launch, Smith and Kororyd took legal action against him.

Our company is structured to inspire transformation and innovation throughout our group. Through our long-term R&D investments, we have consistently delivered unique security solutions that offer a significant performance advantage over existing and emerging products and have become the trusted technology partner of leading brands across a wide range of industries. industries. Copycat products offer little progress for the end consumer and hamper innovations for all. This action is part of our overall strategy to enforce our registered rights. Intellectual property protection encourages innovation, copying the product reduces innovation and, if rewarded, discourages research and development. We will continue to maximize our contribution to the sport and safety segments and to the protection of people who pursue their passions and allow them to enjoy life to the fullest.John Lloyd, Founder and Managing Director, Koroyd

This is the second Wavecel-related lawsuit we have reported this year after a New York man filed a lawsuit against Bontrager’s security claims in January. Bontrager declined to comment and Burton has been approached for comment.


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