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Airbag dispute blows up into legal battle

Alpinestars has denied that part of its Tech-Air Street airbag system infringes a patent held by rival Italian company Dainese.

The Alpinestars Tech-Air Street system was launched in November 2014 and was claimed to be the world’s first self-contained street airbag system that functioned without the need for sensors to be installed on the bike.

The allegations made by Dainese in proceedings launched in Italy are said by Alpinestars to refer to the physical construction of the gas bag and do not refer to any other parts or Tech-Air street system’s use of an algorithm for registering when the airbag deployment should occur.

“All claims made by Dainese against Alpinestars and/or its retailers are disputed and Alpinestars is taking the appropriate legal measures to ensure that any such unfounded allegations will not prevent distribution and sales of the Tech-Air Street system.”

Alpinestars claims it has been developing the airbag system since 2001 and that the Tech-Air Street system is based on its own technology. It says the physical bag used in the Tech-Air Street system is “from known airbag technology,  used within the automotive industry and does not infringe upon third parties’ intellectual property rights”.

Full story in the February issue of BDN.

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