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ap racing wins second patent case

The courts have decided Alcon Components Ltd has again infringed an AP Racing patent protecting its Radi-CAL motorsport brake caliper.

In a 2016 court ruling a range of Alcon’s NASCAR calipers were found to infringe AP Racing’s patent and Alcon was ordered to pay Coventry-based AP Racing £570,660 in damages, costs and interest. Following this, AP Racing became aware of other calipers in Alcon’s range which it believed infringed the same patent. Alcon tried, unsuccessfully, to stop AP Racing from taking action in respect of those calipers but, following last November’s trial, Alcon has once again been found to infringe the patent.

AP Racing MD Steve Clarke, said: “Innovation is vital for the development of new technology and patent infringement is always an uncompetitive answer. The court’s decision safeguards our research and development investments and sends a clear message to the industry that the courts will not tolerate intellectual property infringement. AP Racing will always act to protect its intellectual property rights around the world to safeguard our research and development work.”

Said to offer less mass, improved rigidity and better cooling characteristics than conventional brake caliper designs, the Radi-CAL was considered a major innovation in braking technology. The patented design was first developed by AP Racing in 2007. Since then AP Racing has produced more than 90 Radi-CAL caliper designs and the company continues to refine the design process. The concept is protected by patents across Europe and in numerous other countries including the USA, China and Japan.

There is no news yet of any damages in this latest case.

AP Racing is a manufacturer of performance brake and clutch systems for motorsport, original equipment and performance road applications, including motorycycle equipment. The core product range includes brake calipers, discs, clutches, brake pads, master cylinders, pedal boxes and air jacks.


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