So far it has been Neutrik®’s most effective action taken against a product copier: based on an injunction, Neutrik® AG succeeded in defending their trademarks consistently by having cleared parts of Soundking’s booth at the Prolight + Sound 2012 in Frankfurt/Main a few days ago. The Chinese manufacturer Soundking from Ningbo had repeatedly promoted their products by the unauthorized use of Neutrik’s protected trademark speakON®; in addition Soundking had offered their own product range consisting of connectors which bore a substantial part of the integrated design protected by Neutrik® (sinusoidal wave surrounding the cable bushing). The District Court in Frankfurt/Main came to the conclusion that Soundking first infringed Neutrik®’s trademarks and second committed an offense within the definition of misleading commercial activity that may create a mistake of product and origin. All relevant connectors and advertising material available at the booth of Soundking were confiscated by a bailiff, removed from the fair by a forwarding agent and will be destroyed soon. In addition Soundking was obliged to reimburse legal costs of several thousand euros which had to be paid immediately on-site.
„Neutrik AG does definitely not accept any infringement of their trademarks. Therefore, all measures which serve the purpose of defending our registered trademarks are simply consistent“, says Werner Bachmann, CEO.