01 October 2010
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JCB wins compensation for Asian product copy

Construction equipment giant, JCB has agreed terms of settlement with an Asian manufacturer of backhoe loaders regarding allegations of product copying of JCB's iconic 3CX backhoe loader

The company has received an undisclosed settlement payment and the manufacturer has agreed to fundamentally redesign their backhoe loader.

This follows on from court actions that JCB also undertook against three Asian manufacturers at the Bauma show in Munich in April of this year in relation to product copying of both JCB's backhoe loader and telehandler machines.

And future pattern infringements will be treated in a similar firm fashion. Tim Burnhope, JCB's Group Managing Director for Product Development and Commercial Operations, commented: "This is the fourth incident this year of an Asian manufacturer copying one of our machines and taking unfair advantage of 57 years of product development. JCB is determined to act promptly and decisively in relation to such activities and stamp them out."

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Pau Gay

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