MA Lighting has come out on top in the fight against illegal counterfeit products, winning a case at Brazil’s Supreme Court. Acting as the court of last resort, the Supreme Court has ruled against a local businessman who had offered counterfeit MA consoles, such as the onPC fader wing and the onPC command wing, for sale on the Brazilian online platform “Mercado Livre”, and imposed an order to refrain and to pay substantial damages. The convicted party had been proved to have perpetrated trademark infringements and engaged in unfair competition through the illegal sale of the counterfeit products.
Stephan Saremba, Managing Director of MA Lighting International GmbH, comments on the legal win: “We welcome the decision by Brazil’s Supreme Court and endorse the ruling in its entirety. We shall continue to pursue all infringements of MA’s intellectual property rights with full vigour – without exception and around the world. To this end, we collaborate closely with our distributors, jointly screening the relevant markets. And our international engagement against product piracy is not restricted to our hardware but, of course, also covers our software offerings.”
MA Lighting International had first brought an action against the now convicted party back in 2018; that party fought the case through all the levels of the Brazilian justice system over the last five years and has now finally been convicted at Brazil’s Supreme Court in the capital Brasilia on all counts of the original indictment.
“In our determined pursuit of our proprietary and trademark rights we do not shy away even from lengthy legal disputes. The comprehensive protection of our trademarks, our products as well as our services – and ultimately the protection of our customers, who rely on our quality promises – is of the highest priority to MA, and we take it extremely seriously across all national borders,” adds Gerhard Krude, Managing Director of MA Lighting Technology GmbH.
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