Thule Sues Swiss Cargo Over Patent, Trademark &Trade Dress Violations

Thule has filed two lawsuits in US and Canadian Courts against Swiss Cargo and its parent company, GSC Technologies of Champlain, NY.
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Seymour, CT – Thule has filed two lawsuits in US and Canadian Courts against Swiss Cargo and its parent company, GSC Technologies of Champlain, NY. The suits allege that Swiss Cargo represented Thule and Sportrack products as their own, which is a violation of U.S. and Canadian intellectual property laws.

Thule claims that Swiss Cargo has either copied or impermissibly relabeled/rebranded Thule's 970/971 Helium bicycle rack, 844 Roll Model, 91725 Universal Flat Top 6, 91724 Universal Flat Top 4, A21030 roof basket and ABR511 kayak carrier. The US lawsuit also states that Swiss Cargo violated Thule's US Patent Numbers 6,023,821 and 5,546,705 and U.S. Design Patent Numbers D415,096, D614,563 and D614,564.

“We have tried to avoid a lawsuit,” remarked Fred Clark, President of Thule, Inc. “We have communicated trying to settle the matter but have not received an adequate response; therefore we needed to take legal action.”
Thule is seeking unspecified damages.

About Thule Inc.
Thule Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary within the Thule Group. It is the leading US manufacturer of transportation accessories with production sites in Seymour, Ct, Chicago, IL, Perry, FL and Thomasville, GA. Thule's extensive product line features multi-purpose roof racks, roof top boxes, rear mount racks, truck boxes, side steps and accessories for transporting and organizing outdoor equipment (Thule) and professional contractor equipment (UWS) and recreational vehicles. For more information visit www.thule.com.

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