(The header image is not a Can-Am Spyder)
Joe Delmont, over at Dealer News, just released a story through their Dealer Alert that discusses a move by the Fed that could spell the end of the cheap clone scooter here in America. Can you believe THAT?
(Not a Honda Big Ruckus)
Federal Agencies already gave the Chinese the smack down for child safety provisions, then they roughed ‘em up for EPA violations. NOW, the U.S. International Trade Commission is investigating the effects of intellectual property rights infringement on the U.S. economy and U.S. jobs, as requested by the Senate Finance Committee.
(Not a Honda Reflex)
I bet if a bunch of us scooter nerds went out for pints one Saturday night, we could come up with at least 25 examples of IPR infringement by Chinese companies. What effect do these clones have on our jobs, sales and profits here in the USA? That’s what Polaris, Harley, Arctic Cat, and U.S. operations of Japanese companies such as Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha, want to find out.
Speaking of “cloning”, I’d like to paste a little snippet of the story, so you can see what moves are being made to prevent these sorts of property theft.
“Depending upon how broadly the ITC wants to define U.S. companies, it could include most powersports companies doing business here, including OEMs such as BRP, KTM, Piaggio and Triumph, as well as aftermarket companies.
The report on types of IPR infringement is due by Nov. 19, 2010, and the second— on the impact of these infringements— is due May 2, 2011.
In requesting the investigation, Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) wrote that more than 80 percent of goods seized at U.S. ports for IPR infringements came from China. He also noted that intellectual property accounts for more than 40 percent of U.S. economic growth.
As part of the investigation, the USITC will hold a public hearing on June 15, 2010. Written comments also will be accepted. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection.
I’ve been hearing for years about how Chinese manufacturers steal designs and produce replicas of popular machines and PG&A items made by U.S., Japanese and other manufacturers. Now is your chance to step forward and describe how your products have been illegally copied and how you have been financially injured.
So, whaddua think? Anyone wanna go out for pints this weekend? OR, if anything comes to mine, why don’t you post it as a comment. Manufacturer, model and what it clones. Let’s see if we can hit 25. :)