Aston PA. (USA), April 30 -- Engineered Arresting Systems Corporation (ESCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of Zodiac Aerospace, filed suit on March 21, 2014 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama against Atech, Inc., Sang Shin, Kwae Shin, Philip Ahagen, Kim Guimarin, Scandinavian Manufacturing (SCAMA AB), and Harald Ahagen.
The suit (Case 5:14-cv-00518-
As background, the BAK-12 brand aircraft arresting system and the PORTARREST® P-IV brand mobile aircraft arresting system (MAAS) were jointly developed by ESCO and the U.S. Air Force. For the past 50 years, ESCO has been the only company to manufacture, distribute and sell those brands of arresting systems to the USAF and 80 other countries. Both products have benefited from continuous development and thousands of improvements based on extensive testing and field experience. ESCO is the undisputed owner of the designs of the latest specification BAK-12 and PORTARREST® brand systems operated at every USAF and NATO base. And by continuous and exclusive use, ESCO is the owner of the BAK-12 and PORTARREST® trademarks, and those trademarks have acquired distinctiveness as a symbol of the source of high quality products and services offered by ESCO and embody a valuable reputation and goodwill belonging exclusively to ESCO.
After a failed three-year attempt to gain USAF certification for its own BC-11 energy absorber, SCAMA/Atech is now using decades-old obsolete drawings and, without the permission or authorization of ESCO, pirating ESCO’s brand names and proprietary information, using them in a manner that is likely to confuse and deceive the public and potential purchasers of ESCO’s goods and services and damage ESCO’s substantial goodwill.
Customers desiring the latest, tested and certified aircraft arresting systems that provide proven safety records with tens of thousands of successful arrestments should ensure that they are purchasing BAK-12 and PORTARREST® P-IV brand systems manufactured only by ESCO. Pilots flying aircraft to defend their countries deserve the best, which ESCO provides.
About Engineered Arresting Systems Corporation
As a member of the Aerosafety segment of Zodiac Aerospace, Engineered Arresting Systems (dba Zodiac Arresting Systems) is the world’s leading supplier of emergency land-based arresting systems for military and commercial aircraft. This versatile product line for military aircraft is built around friction, rotary hydraulic and textile energy absorbers that are available as part of permanent, semi-permanent and mobile installations. These innovative products save lives and preserve the integrity of both the equipment and the environment. For more information, visit www.zodiacaerospace.com.
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