At the recent Agritechnica 2007 trade fair in Hanover, Germany, Solo Kleinmotoren GmbH said it halted the promotion and display of counterfeit Solo sprayers by Chinese manufacturers Farmate and ZheJiang Shixia Sprayer Co., Ltd. The confiscation of products displayed in both exhibit booths came on two separate judicial orders and took place only six months after United States federal agents seized counterfeit Solo sprayers that Shixia had exhibited at the National Hardware Show in Orlando, FL, U.S.
According to Solo Kleinmotoren Marketing and Distribution Manager Nils Fock, Solo had arranged for the registration of a 3-D Trademark in Europe and many other countries to provide protection for the Solo Model 425 backpack pressure sprayer because several hundred thousand units are sold worldwide and the sprayer is optically distinguishable from competitive models. Products also were confiscated the following day on a second court order from the Farmate exhibit booth, since the Chinese manufacturer had earlier failed a request by Solo to sign a declaration to cease illegal actions.
"These incidents are the latest in a long list of trademark infractions involving ZheJiang Shixia and other manufacturers," said David Longfield, President of Solo, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary based in Newport News, VA, U.S. "As you can see, Solo is very aggressive in the protection of our patents and trademarks."
Solo Kleinmotoren GmbH, headquartered in Sindelfingen, Germany, is a producer of sprayers and mistblowers and a manufacturer of chain saws, trimmers/brushcutters, blowers, and other outdoor power equipment.