Following an initial report published last week, leading riding apparels brand Alpinestars has issued an official statement about its on-going lawsuit against rivalling brand Dainese. As a refreshing, the two leading Italian riding apparels brands are entangled in a legal battle surrounding their respective airbag technologies: Alpinestars Tech Air and Dainese D-Air Armor.
In its response, the famed A-star brand has issued an official statement regarding the matter and has revealed the true nature of the legal battle in the process as well. Firstly, Alpinestars states that the infringement suit it filed against Dainese specifically revolves around material used to make the airbags in both the Alpinestars Tech Air and Dainese D-Air Armor suites.
This nulls the initial report indicating that the suit revolved around the computer algorithm airbag deployment method in the event of a crash used in either systems. Putting it simply, Alpinestars is claiming that Dainese is using a similar physical material for the airbag in the latter’s D-Air suite as the ones used in the former’s rivalling Tech Air system.
One major consequence of this legal battle is the fact that retailers have pulled out Tech Air-equipped Alpinestars apparels and products in core markets such as Germany.
Dainese has not responded to Alpinestars’ allegations, but it is worth noting again that the rivalling devil-horn brand were the most proactive amongst the two at introducing the airbag protection technology into the mass market. As a matter of fact, Dainese have already begun licensing its D-Air Armor technology to other brands as well such as Furygan.
The legal battle between the two brands is expected to take some time, but we will continue our report about this matter as it develops. In the meantime, you can read the official statement released by Alpinestars below.
Alpinestars Tech-Air Street Airbag system – Statement regarding press coverage of Patent Challenge
With reference to recent articles published about Alpinestars and Dainese being in dispute over airbag technology, Alpinestars is issuing the following statement to clarify the current situation:
Alpinestars has been subjected to an allegation of patent infringement by Dainese on a specific part of its airbag construction used in the Tech-Air Street system.
The Alpinestars’ Tech-Air Street system was launched in November 2014 as the world’s first self-contained street airbag system that independently functions without the need for sensors to be installed on the bike and the subsequent need to link a specific motorcycle to the airbag system used by the rider.
The allegations made by Dainese S.p.A in proceedings launched in Italy against Alpinestars, refer to the assembly of the bag itself, the physical material piece that contains the gas in an inflation and not with any reference to any other parts or Alpinestars’ Tech-Air street system’s use of an algorithm for registering when the airbag deployment should occur.
Dainese instead make claims that the physical construction of the bag in the Tech-Air system infringes upon Dainese’s patents.
In Germany, Dainese did make a direct request to certain retailers, that they cease and desist from offering for sale the Alpinestars Tech-Air Street system, however, no legal action has been taken against Alpinestars and neither has Alpinestars withdrawn any of its products from the German market.
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.
Given Alpinestars’ own research & development has been undertaken through Alpinestars’ in-house Advanced Technology Department since 2001, Alpinestars is contesting the allegations made. The Tech-Air Street system is based on Alpinestars’ technology creation and 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.
Alpinestars continues to distribute Tech-Air technology for the benefit of all motorcyclists throughout Europe and the rest of the world and trusts that the allegations made will be proven to have no basis through appropriate legal jurisdiction.