Piaggio wins copyright battle against Chinese copy of Vespa Primavera

  • It was pointed out that the registration was an unlawful attempt to reproduce the scooter’s aesthetic elements.
The Vespa Primavera is protected by the design registered by the Piaggio Group in 2013.
The Vespa Primavera is protected by the design registered by the Piaggio Group in 2013.

The Italian two-wheeler majorPiaggio Group has won a copyright battle against a two-wheeler manufacturer in China for copying the Vespa model.

The Piaggio Group issued a statement saying thata design registered by a Chinese party has been declared invalid by the invalidity divisionof the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

TheEUIPO invalidity division annulled the registration since it was 'incapable of eliciting a different general impression with respect to the registered design' of the Vespa Primavera, and pointed out that the registration was an unlawful attempt to reproduce the scooter’s aesthetic elements.

The Chinese brand used to justify the production of scooters similar to the Vespa exhibited at the EICMA 2019 two-wheeler show in Milan. They were removed by the authorities of the Fiera exhibition centre after a complaint was lodged by Piaggio.

Photo of the copycat Vespa Primavera.
Photo of the copycat Vespa Primavera.


The Vespa Primavera is protected by the design registered by the Piaggio Group in 2013, by the three-dimensional trademark of the Vespa scooter and by the copyright that safeguards the artistic value of the shape of the Vespa, a style icon since 1946.

The invalidity proceedings are part of thewider activitiesagainst counterfeiting undertaken by the Piaggio Groupfor years. This includes continuous monitoring of the databases of internationally registered designs and trademarks, which, as a result of the opposition proceedings initiated by Piaggio, has led to thecancellation of more than 50 trademarks registered by third parties in the last two years.

First Published Date: 26 May 2020, 16:25 PM IST
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