A Lutterworth area firm has won a three-year intellectual property lawsuit against a Turkish lock manufacturer.
The Jackloc Company, based at Alma Park in Woodway Lane, Claybrooke Parva, said last week that it was happy justice had finally been done.
The litigation process was launched after Jackloc sent samples of its product to Penkid Lock and Manufacturing Co Ltd in Istanbul.
Just a few days later Penkid’s owner applied for a Turkish utility model – a kind of second-class patent – for a window safety restrictor very similar to Jackloc’s product.
The model application, which was initially approved, enabled them to stop Jackloc from selling its cable window restrictor in Turkey.
In a bid to protect its brand, Jackloc instructed a leading patent attorney firm to start action to cancel Penkid’s application.
This process – described by Jackloc as “lengthy and sometimes frustrating” – involved filing evidence, sending samples and enduring lots of hearings and postponements until the Turkish court appointed experts to give their opinion.
And the experts earlier this month agreed Penkid’s product was a similar copy of Jackloc, meaning the Claybrooke firm is now free to sell the product in Turkey again.
Emma Wells, director of Jackloc, said: “We are delighted to have won this lengthy court battle.
“We will not hesitate to take similar action against others who attempt to copy our design.
“As inventors of the original window restrictors, now sold all over the world, we are determined to protect our brand.”
Jackloc’s legal advisors are monitoring other window restrictor manufacturers to ensure they take proper account of the “prior art” in the original Jackloc product, that was first launched in 2002.
Peter Smith, of legal firm Serjeants, said: “Jackloc has built its reputation on product safety, so it is especially important to take action if other businesses create confusion between Jackloc’s products and their own.
“I am glad we were able to stop this Turkish company claiming rights in something that it had never invented.”
Jackloc is a registered trademark in the EU and 18 other countries and the company has an international patent application pending for a version of the restrictor.
Jackloc says it has improved safety and security in buildings all over the world, including London’s Ritz Hotel, 20,000 Travelodge hotel rooms, care homes, hospitals, student accommodation, schools and high-rise flats.
The locks comprise a flexible cable between a window or door and its frame, restricting how far it can be opened.
Its products include a key-operated lock, a swivel stud lock and a ‘push and turn’ design which is aimed to be as child resistant as possible, without the need for a key.