Last week during SEMA we released a video on our social media pages about counterfeiters exhibiting at the show. In that video we spoke with Pat Johnson from Omix-ADA about companies attending SEMA that had violated patents on some of Omix-ADA’s products, and one that had produced a counterfeit product for display. SEMA and AAPEX officials worked with Omix to handle this situation discretely. When these companies failed to meet with officials at the SEMA show office to surrender product and print materials, officials made their way to the booths of these exhibitors to enforce court paperwork.
Below is a statement from Alain Eboli Director of Engineering for Omix-ADA.
“At the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show Omix-ADA discovered several companies infringing on its patented products and was able to obtain a temporary restraining order and seizure order granted by the US District Court of Nevada. Omix-ADA worked hand-in-hand with show management teams to follow clear guidelines designed to help combat infringing product at the show, which was enhanced with the court order. In September 2017, a decision was handed down in which two of the violating parties settled with Omix-ADA for damages related to patent infringement. Three other additional violators did not voluntarily settle and a default judgment was granted prohibiting the manufacture and importing of their products to the US.
At this year’s show, Omix-ADA again worked with show officials to identify two off-shore companies that were showcasing materials infringing on Omix-ADA patents. In a similar manner to 2016, show management and local courts were able to force the removal of these materials from the show floor.
As a dedicated exhibitor, Omix-ADA would like to thank SEMA and AAPEX management for their help and cooperation in working with the company to help protect its intellectual property rights, as well as the aftermarket customers. The company is proud to have established a legal pattern that other aftermarket exhibitors can follow as a successful example to help combat the counterfeiting of patented, trademarked and copyrighted products.
Omix-ADA views counterfeiting and infringement as a serious and widespread problem in the aftermarket industry that can be combatted through the proper legal channels, and would encourage other members of the aftermarket industry to follow a similar path.”
We have been advised that there is a preliminary injunction hearing set for November 13, 2017. We will continue to follow this story and provide updates as they are made available.