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Decision in shower IP court case

The Patents County Court has ruled in favour of Kohler Mira on a design infringement case against Bristan Group.

The case relates to Bristan’s Glee, Joy and Smile shower products, which were found to infringe Kohler Mira’s UK unregistered design right.

The judge rejected claims that Bristin had infringed the registered design, with the company awarded costs for this part of the case.

It was further decided that two of the Kohler Mira designs were not original.

Briston Group was found to have infringed the remaining unregistered designs, although the judge noted the case was “near the borderline”, with several differences in the design.

Kohler Mira marketing director Craig Baker said: “Kohler Mira invests significantly in its guiding principle to live on the leading edge of design and innovation. It is vital that this is backed with a strong commitment to defend its IP.”

Jeremy Ling, Bristan Group CEO, said: “We take the integrity of original product design very seriously and this has been vindicated in the judge’s ruling that our designer did not copy the design of Azora, that our products do not infringe the registered designs and that we can continue to sell our Smile, Glee and Joy products.”

Kohler Mira is a subsidiary of US-based company, Kohler Co. It designs and manufactures showers including electric, mixer, digital and power showers, along with shower trays and enclosures. Wragge & Co’s IP team has advised Kohler Mira since 2009 on intellectual property infringement matters.

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