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Pacific Sues Maverick, Klein, Alleging Patent Infringement
Fri Jan 23, 2004
Source: Bicycle Retailer

MADISON, WI - Pacific Cycle filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Maverick American and Klein Bicycle based on its iDrive suspension technology.

Pacific, which owns the Schwinn, Mongoose and GT brands, seeks to stop the two companies from using Maverick's rear suspension design, which Pacific claims uses iDrive technology.

The Maverick suspension design in question is used on its ML7 frame and is licensed by Klein for use on its Palomino mountain bikes.

Pacific filed suit in the Colorado District Court.

"We take our proprietary technology very seriously," said Chris Hornung, Pacific's founder and chief operating officer. "It's a big part of what makes our bicycles among the best in the industry, and our independent bike dealers expect this level of innovation from us. It's unfortunate that we have to take legal action, but we will protect our technology by any means necessary to continue supplying independent bike dealers with the highest level of bike design."

Paul Turner, Maverick's founder and the founder of RockShox, has long contended that his design is different and that Pacific's allegations are without merit. He has sought a solution to this problem since before Pacific acquired GT.

Officials at Trek, which owns Klein, also said the lawsuit is groundless.

"Trek has looked very closely at the allegations Pacific raises against it and Maverick. We believe them to be without merit. The Klein Palomino does not infringe the Pacific patent," said Bob Burns, Trek's general counsel.

Dorel Industries of Montreal began the process of buying Pacific earlier this month. Hornung will remain as Pacific Cycle's chief executive officer and will run the company as a standalone division of Dorel.

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