A battle to defend your robot
Last November the trial between Vorwerk and Lidl started in Barcelona. In case you do not know the first time, it is the company responsible for the creation and development of the famous Thermomix kitchen robot, an intelligent appliance capable of practically everything when it comes to processing and cooking food and which to this day is still the king (and the reference) in numerous homes around the world.
What you probably do know is that Lidl, the German supermarket chain, has a version of this device, the Monsieur Cuisine Connect, a model that costs almost a quarter of the investment of the Thermomix and that runs out on the shelves every time you replace a print run in your stores.
Such is the success of Lidl’s proposal that Vorwerk did not hesitate any longer and last year took legal action against the supermarket, alleging a patent infringement. It was not the first time that he did it: as well they collect in The country, in 2013 he also threw the blanket to the head against Taurus (which also has its alternative to the Thermomix) and came out losing. This time, however, it seems that justice is beginning to smile at him.
Ruling in favor of Thermomix
The Commercial Court number 5 of Barcelona has just ruled that, as Vorwerk accused, Lidld’s kitchen appliance violates patent rights of the company. After a couple of months waiting for the resolution, this has been the failure that recognizes that the Lidl machine, from the Silvercrest brand, reproduces characteristics of the Thermomix that imply “direct exploitation” of the robot’s invention.
Vorwerk’s lawsuit included a request for payment to Lidl to give him 10% of all sales of his Monsieur Cuisine. At the moment it has not transpired that this will happen since the damages and losses that will fall on the supermarket chain have not been fixed, but there is already a direct effect: the obligation to remove all copies immediately from your machine from all your stores.
In addition to removing the Monsieur Cuisine from the shop windows, Lidl is forced, of course, to even remove the advertising on its kitchen robot, so in a matter of days its famous and economic team should become history. If you have a chain robot at home, you know: you just became the owner of a controversial relic.
*The article has been translated based on the content of https://eloutput.com/noticias/hogar/thermomix-lidl-juicio-retirada-robot/ by eloutput.com
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