Düsseldorf Regional Court ruled that a South German manufacturer of sports field machines infringed the German part of European patent EP 3 029 199 and German utility model DE 20 2016 104 072.5

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Vondst Advocaten N.V. and EP&C, Rijswijk, The Netherlands advised on the case

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s patent experts successfully enforced IP rights of Dutch company Sisgrass B.V.

These IP rights relate to machines implanting individual artificial lawn threads into a natural lawn, much like a large sewing machine. The lawn keeps the pleasant characteristics of a natural lawn and is also significantly more resistant due to the implanted synthetic fibers. Numerous sports fields, in particular soccer fields, hockey fields, and rugby fields, are being treated with this technology at the current time.

A South German company manufactured sports field machines with this technology and sold them among other things to a company in North Rhine-Westphalia that uses them in the construction of sports facilities. Since an out-of-court agreement could initially not be achieved, Sisgrass B.V. decided to sue both companies at Düsseldorf Regional Court for infringement of the patent and the associated German utility model.

In the course of the proceedings, the manufacturer issued a formal admission. Düsseldorf Regional Court subsequently issued a judgment by admission. In particular, this prohibits the manufacturer from producing and offering further such machines. With regard to all other aspects, a settlement agreement was found.

The second defendant, which bought and used these machines, has not yet issued such an admission. The court proceedings are therefore still pending against that defendant.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advised Sisgrass B.V. with a team including Anton Horn (Picture), Birthe Struck and Peter Horstmann.

Vondst Advocaten N.V. advised Sisgrass B.V. with Ricardo Dijkstra

EP&C advised Sisgrass B.V. with Walter Hart.

Involved fees earner: Walter Hart – EP&C; Ricardo Dijkstra – Vondst; Anton Horn – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Peter Horstmann – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek;

Law Firms: EP&C; Vondst; Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek;

Clients: Sisgrass B.V.;

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