Court upholds HanseYachts complaint

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The Court of Genoa ruled against CdP on March 7 and maintained that the boatyard is forbidden to manufacture its Pardo 43, which HanseYachts said infringed on the rights of its Fjord 42.

The court held in r.g. 1239/2018 that CdP was “forbidden to further manufacture, advertise, hold, exhibit, promote, sell or transfer the Pardo 43, limited to economic relations already existing or that will be instituted in the future in the Italian territory,” according to a statement from HanseYachts.

The Court also ruled that future breaches of the order will lead to considerable penalties for any Pardo 43 that will be sold or promised for sale or promoted, according to the statement.

In its decision the Court confirms that the behavior of the Italian shipyard is unfair and thus violates the laws against unfair competition.

The Court also saw strong similarities of the Pardo 43 with Fjord 42.

“This court decision is a milestone for the boating industry,” said HanseYachts AG CEO Jens Gerhardt in the statement. “It is about time that the immense amount of copying stops, not only in the power boat but also in the sailing yacht sphere. The future task of the industry will be to prevent unfair copies such as the imitation of the original Fjord 42 open, in order to maintain a versatile and high-quality market for customers.”

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