London — Following a two year legal battle, Numatic announced last month that they have won a high court ruling blocking Qualtex from making copy products.
Judge Christopher Floyd said that Qualtex had threatened to “pass off” Numatic’s long established Henry brand products as their own by producing a replica machine. The landmark ruling, which recognised that the distinctive shape of the Henry range of vacuum cleaners was protectable, guards Numatic from any third parties who wish to copy the famous brand.
Andrew Large, Secretary of the Industrial Cleaning Machine Manufacturers Association, said: "This is an important victory for Numatic and it sends the right message to all companies who want to develop and manufacture quality products. Trade mark protection is essential to the survival of manufacturing industries and it is fair and right that it is illegal to pass off someone else’s products as your own”.
Mark Woodhead, Chairman of the British Cleaning Council, commented: “All manufacturers strive to build trust between themselves and the customer and they should be protected from competitors who may wish to gain an unfair advantage. Numatic are a leading name in our industry and have worked hard for decades to build their famous brand; this ruling will enable them to continue this work and we wish them well in the future.”
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