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NFM Sues Mehler Vario System GmbH For Design Infringement In Germany

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OSLO, Norway, July 2, 2023NFM AS has spent significant time and resources on developing its THOR® load bearing vests and has developed a range of innovative products such as the modular, scalable, and transformable GRID carrier system which enjoys intellectual property protection in the EU and other jurisdictions. 

Mehler Vario System GmbH has earlier this year exhibited a product titled “Grid carrier” to the market at a trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany, which NFM believes to infringe its registered design rights. 

To protect its valuable intellectual property, NFM has initiated legal infringement proceedings against Mehler before the Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Germany, (docket no. 14C O 29/2023), requesting a decision which prohibits Mehler from marketing and distributing the products in question throughout the European Union. 
The question of whether or not Mehler’s “Grid carrier” infringes NFM’s registered design rights will be decided by the Court.

About NFM AS

NFM Group, founded in 1996, designs and produces protective equipment that enables the user to deploy her or his full capacity during combat, while staying protected. Our systems and products, based on the Scandinavian heritage of craftsmanship, are designed with the user in the center and by continuously implementing a holistic and innovative approach to protection. Our approach is deeply rooted in R&D, leading them to serve a broad range of international clients across multiple countries. Today, NFM has contracts with over 50 military and law enforcement agencies worldwide. NFM has a workforce of over 900 people with over 30 different nationalities across Europe. The workforce is extremely diverse, with a high percentage of women across the organization, including 50 percent women in the management. NFM Group is Norwegian-owned and with operations in six different countries around Europe, and our largest production facilities in Lębork, Poland. 

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