Brevard, N.C.-based SylvanSport LLC has learned that Wuyi Tiandi Motion Apparatus Co. Ltd. (TDR MOTO), a manufacturing company operating out of Zhejiang, China has begun manufacturing and selling counterfeit versions of the popular SylvanSport GO, according to a press release.
Designed and manufactured entirely in the U.S., the SylvanSport GO is a lightweight, reconfigurable, camping and utility trailer that has been widely praised for its innovative design features. The GO “was copied down to the color scheme and even the marketing support materials,” said Tom Dempsey, founder and president of Sylvan Sport.
Sylvan Sport said that “this is an unusually blatant example illustrating the increasing problem of many of China’s most accomplished companies achieving their success by pilfering the intellectual property of other industrialized nations.”
The company claims that in the case of SylvanSport – whose three original reconfigurable US travel trailer patents (566623, 566624 and 566625) were filed in 2007 (along with a subsequent PCT[i]) – a customer purchased a GO camper from the North Carolina factory in 2009, shipped the unit to Los Angeles and subsequently dispatched it to mainland China, where it is now being manufactured by the Wuyi Tiandi Motion Apparatus Co. The reverse-engineered “TDR Camper” is currently being offered on Alibaba.com – a Hangzhou, China-based retail Internet business (HKSE: 1688).
Sylvan Sport said that China remains on the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Priority Watch List. The latter currently includes 12 U.S. trading partners – China, Russia, Algeria, Argentina, Canada, Chile, India, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan, Thailand, and Venezuela – who are deemed to be providing an inadequate “level of IPR protection or enforcement, or market access for persons relying on intellectual property protection.”
To speak with SylvanSport about this or any other questions, contact Kyle Mundt at (828) 883-4292 or firstname.lastname@example.org