After attempts by Austrian ski company Fischer Sports to claim unfair competition and trademark rights due to One Way Nordic’s use of black and yellow on its premiere line of Nordic skis and boots, the German and Finnish court systems have both rejected three separate claims by Fischer Sports against OneWay.
“We feel vindicated by the outright rejection by the courts of Fischer’s claims,” said OneWay CEO and Managing Director Andreas Bennert in a press release.
“These claims are baseless and simply without merit. Fischer does not own the black and yellow colors for nordic skis and boots, nor do they have any legal trademarks in place for black and yellow skis and boots.”
According to the statement, OneWay Sport will continue to vigorously defend all claims in both Germany and Finland in the next month, and will be seeking significant compensation from Fischer Sports for damage caused to its brand and sales during the injunction.
“We are confident in our case against Fischer, and will aggressively pursue compensation from losses in sales sustained during the court injunction, and damage to our brand’s integrity during the time when these baseless claims were in force,” said Bennert.
Representatives of Fischer Sports declined to comment as the case is ongoing.
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April 23, 2012 at 11:17 am
This boot by Czech company Botas looks pretty much like the OneWay Premio, right down to the shape of the heel cup.
April 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm
You are correct. The picture shown here is a pre-production boot that began in the Botas factory. ONE WAY is not making the production boot with them and the final boot is different than the one you see above.
April 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm
Botas make the boots for one way, one way boots are currently last years Botas boots as i understand it. Although there was only a minor difference between the models. The boots are identical.
April 23, 2012 at 7:34 pm
Xclad, At one point that was a possibility but it is no longer the case. So you are correct that the boot shown above was a Botas boot. However, I have the ONE WAY boot for next year in front of me as we speak. It did not come from Botas, Botas does not make the boots. The boot no longer looks like the Botas boot.