dalai47 wrote:The 2nd Womble wrote:SPECIALIZED CAVED IN! GO DAN YOU BIG RED FIRE ENGINE!!!
http://bicycleretailer.com/north-americ ... qasR3M_7qC
Specialized as I read it hasn't caved in, but that ASI which owns the worldwide rights are suggesting Specialized did not have the authority via the terms of their licence agreement to stop Dan using the name Roubaix.
They almost certainly do have the rights to enforce the Canadian mark, but it appears that depending on the drafting of the agreement with ASI they may simultaneously breach a US contract between US entities doing so (which may be meaningless in Canada), and it would appear given spec only holds Roubaix marks in 2 countries of little importance, they'll lose the rights to the mark that matters if ASI decides to get particularly stroppy about the registrations. There may also be considerable argy bargy between them yet, as one imagines the contract in the US probably requires specialized to take all steps to protect the mark too
Unfortunately its a lawyers mess, which results in lawyers getting paid to clean it up.