AP Racing continues to protect technology
Racing continues to protect brake technology in second patent case against
Following February 15th , 2017 court
judgment, AP Racing announces that Alcon Components Limited has, once again,
infringed the patent protecting AP Racing’s Radi-CAL™ concept for motorsport
one of the world’s leaders in brake technology, AP Racing has a history of
design and innovation that dates back to 1960, and believes that this decision
underlines the value of investment in research and development. In a 2016 court
ruling a range of Alcon’s NASCAR calipers were found to infringe AP Racing’s patent
and Alcon was ordered to pay AP Racing £570,660 in damages, costs and interest.
Following this, AP Racing became aware of other calipers in Alcon’s range which
it believed infringed the same patent. Alcon tried, unsuccessfully, to stop AP
Racing from taking action in respect of those calipers but, following last
November’s trial, Alcon has once again been found to infringe the patent.
on the outcome AP Racing managing director, Steve Clarke, said: ‘Innovation is
vital for the development of new technology and patent infringement is always
an uncompetitive answer. The court’s decision safeguards our research and
development investments and sends a clear message to the industry that the
courts will not tolerate intellectual property infringement. AP Racing will
always act to protect its intellectual property rights around the world in
order to safeguard our research and development work going forward’.
less mass, improved rigidity and better cooling characteristics than
conventional brake caliper designs, the Radi-CAL™ concept was a major
innovation in braking technology. The patented design was first developed by AP
Racing in 2007 using the expertise and experience from its motorsport work.
Since then AP Racing has produced over 90 different Radi-CAL™ caliper designs
to date, and the company continues to refine the design process. The concept is
protected by patents across Europe and in numerous other countries including
the USA, China and Japan.