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Numatic victorious in court

Published 29th July, 2010 by Neil Nixon

Numatic victorious in court

Following a two year legal battle, Numatic announced last month that it has won a high court ruling blocking Qualtex from making copy products.

Judge Christopher Floyd said that Qualtex had threatened to ‘pass off’ Numatic’s long established Henry brand products as their own by producing a replica machine. The ruling, which recognised that the distinctive shape of the Henry range of vacuum cleaners was protectable, guards Numatic from any third parties who wish to copy the famous brand.

Andrew Large, secretary of the Industrial Cleaning Machine Manufacturers Association, said: "This is an important victory for Numatic and it sends the right message to all companies who want to develop and manufacture quality products. Trade mark protection is essential to the survival of manufacturing industries and it is fair and right that it is illegal to pass off someone else’s products as your own.”

Mark Woodhead, chairman of the British Cleaning Council, said: “All manufacturers strive to build trust between themselves and the customer and they should be protected from competitors who may wish to gain an unfair advantage. Numatic is a leading name in our industry and has worked hard for decades to build its famous brand; this ruling will enable the company to continue this work and we wish it well in the future.”