Europe 1 with AFP 11:53 am, September 21, 2021

Peugeot Motocycles was convicted of "infringement" of a Piaggio patent allowing a three-wheeled vehicle to tilt on its side, like a traditional motorcycle.

In Italy, the brand can no longer market these scooters, under penalty of having to pay 6,000 euros penalty for each vehicle sold.

Peugeot Motocycles has been convicted in France and Italy for "infringement" of a patent on Piaggio's three-wheeled scooter, the Italian group announced on Tuesday in a press release.

Peugeot Motocycles, owned by the Indian group Mahindra, was ordered in Paris to pay 1.5 million euros in damages and to cease the marketing of scooters using this patent.

The possibility of appealing

The patent relates to "the control of the system that allows a three-wheeled vehicle to tilt to the side, like a traditional motorcycle," Piaggio said.

In 2006, the Italian manufacturer launched its first three-wheeled model, the MP3, whose success has led other manufacturers to emulate it, such as Peugeot, via its “Metropolis” range made in France, but also Yamaha or Quadro.

In Italy, Peugeot Motocycles was condemned by a court in Milan to no longer market these scooters, under penalty of having to pay 6,000 euros in penalty for each vehicle sold at the end of the 30 days following the announcement of the court decision. Both decisions are subject to appeal. The management of Peugeot Motocycles could not be reached on Tuesday morning.

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