Bollinger Motors sues Munro Xe over MK_1 . design
Well, that doesn’t take long. Scotland’s Munro announced in December that it has begun take reservations for its MK_1 battery-powered off-road vehicle – a tall, stout rectangle aimed at industries like forestry and mining. Quite a few people find MK_1 similar to bollinger engine B1 SUV and B2 pickup. Design director Munro Ross Compton was contracted as an exterior designer for Bollinger Motors from 2015 to 2017, according to Compton’s LinkedIn page. Then he went to Atlis Motor Vehicles from 2018 to 2021, designing a more traditional car concept pickup truck named XT that thing turned into another T-square case near production.
At the end of 2021, he jumped to Munro and built the MK_1. With Bollinger having secured the financing to get the B1 and B2 into production, and Munro planning to launch in the United States and Canada later this year, Bollinger has decided to act. US-based Bollinger has filed a lawsuit against All topographic All Electric Ltd. DBA Munro Vehicles and Compton in the United States Southern District Court of New York on January 31, 2023.
In a copy of the lawsuit obtained by auto blogThe company says the non-functional “commercial wear” design elements are part of the “broad” advertisement“key brand identity, clear citation” exposed hardware and hinges, extensive use of flat surfaces, aesthetically beveled surfaces, flat and parallel body lines and arched shapes special wheel.”
“Due to the time, effort, and money invested in its vehicle trading outfit, Bollinger’s vehicle trading outfit has taken on secondary significance, considerable goodwill, and serves solely to define the means of transport. Bollinger’s convenience,” it said.
The lawsuit alleges Compton violated its non-disclosure agreement with Bollinger by using Bollinger’s confidential intellectual property to create MK_1 and MK_1 in violation of Bollinger’s original vehicle design patent for the B1 and B2. Bollinger wants a permanent injunction against Munro continuing with MK_1, all legal and court fees, all profits Munro may have or may have earned from MK_1, and damages from Compton for NDA violation.
Munro CEO Russell Peterson said in a statement emailed to TechCrunch“Munro is aware of the allegations made by Bollinger Motors inc. The company takes the infringement of intellectual property rights extremely seriously and Munro intends to vigorously defend its position on the unique design of the vehicle. off-road vehicle Munro MK_1.”