Carlini Designs, based in Santa Ana, California, specializes since 1969 in high-quality aftermarket parts for Harley Davidson and custom motorcycles. The company filed a federal lawsuit against Paul Yaffe Designs (dba Paul Yaffe Originals & Bagger Nation) based in Phoenix, Arizona, also maker of handlebars, alleging patents infringement for the 2 models “Evil Apes” and “Gangster Apes”. According to the lawsuit, filed in federal court on Oct. 24, 2013, Paul Yaffe Designs was notified in April of this year that Carlini’s “Evil Apes” and “Gangster Apes” handlebars were protected by design patents, and the company was asked to discontinue selling and shipping the copied or knockoff products. The lawsuit is the result of Paul Yaffe Designs continuing to sell the patent-protected products, as recently as October.
Anthony Carlini, CEO and President of Carlini Designs, explains, “We strive to create unique, high-quality designs for our handlebars. It is unfair for Paul Yaffe Designs to be allowed to copy our bars and sell them secretly, even after we notified the company of our patent rights.” Carlini Designs enforces its patent rights rigorously and this is not the first lawsuit they have brought against competitors who act in violation of intellectual property laws. The response from Paul Yaffe Designs to the Carlini lawsuit is due in late November.