A company witnessed its most successful product in years blatantly being copied in China and sold at knock-down prices.

Years of research had lead to an innovative product with which the Dutch company very quickly was able to gain a large market share in the Netherlands and Europe. At some point online copies of the product were being sold and soon after copies could also be found in Dutch stores. The makers claimed that their imitation product had the same characteristics and functionality as the product of the Dutch company.

An imitation product was ordered and it appeared to contain copied software. A raid was done at the Dutch distributors with a bailiff and the police. Infringing stock and administration was seized. The infringing party waived a procedure and a settlement was reached in which the infringing party signed a cease and desist agreement under threat of penalty to stop copying products of the Dutch company and pay compensation.

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