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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bryton GPS Loses Way And Finds Lawsuit With Garmin

The clip above comes from the Steve Martin/Eddie Murphy film, Bowfinger, and depicts a trailer for the fictitious movie, Fake Purse Ninjas. When I saw this movie at the theater in Taichung, either the government or a patriotic distributor scratched out the sound when the on-screen duo declare in unison, "We're going to Tai-Wan!"

Film censorship and speech freedoms wax and wane in Taiwan (waning now), but some things are more constant... like ripping off the competition.


According to the
Kansas City Star, Bryton, the Taiwanese Cycling GPS manufacturer is being accused by Garmin of patent infringement for its line of Rider-30 cycling GPS cycling computers.

The story states:

Andrew Etkind, Garmin's vice president and general counsel, said the company is "proud of the intellectual property rights awarded to our innovative products and we have little tolerance for companies that attempt to trade unfairly on those rights."

The company is seeking a preliminary injunction to bar the sale of Bryton's Rider 30 product in the United States.

In a related development, a district court in Germany has issued a preliminary injunction against Bryton and several of its German distributors banning the sale of the Rider 30 in Germany.

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