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Laser Lawsuit - Kirby´s dramatic move By MarineBusiness-World.com, 11:27 AM Sat 18 May 2013
Kirby Inc. yesterday dramatically increased the pressure on LP, ISAF and the ILCA when they asked the US Federal Court in Connecticut to issue a prejudgment remedy against LP. If this was to be granted as requested LP and its associates would be unable to build Lasers or have anyone else build them for them, while the Courts then could take their time hearing the case. ...[more]

US Laser trademarks up for grabs? By Improper Course, 5:15 PM Wed 8 May 2013
The following opinion piece has been provided by Improper Course, a blog which is a collection of the sailing education and adventures of two sailors on opposite ends of the experience and success spectrum. It ranges from the Laser Master Worlds to the local Laser sailing as well as a couple of other dinghies and the occasional keelboat. ...[more]

Laser Lawsuit - Challenge to Laser trademark ownership By Marine Business-World, 9:34 AM Wed 8 May 2013
Another new development in the widening legal dispute between Bruce Kirby, the designer of the world´s best known sailing boat, the Laser dinghy and one of the Laser builders LaserPerformance (LPE) the builder and supplier of Lasers into UK, Europe and North America, because of non-payment of design royalties. ...[more]

ISAF and ILCA on thin ice? Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright By Marine Business-World, 7:09 AM Mon 6 May 2013
Extracts from an article written for Scuttlebutt USA by IPR lawyer John Harwood-Bee on the lawsuit between Laser designer Bruce Kirby, builder LPE and associated companies and ISAF and ILCA. ...[more]

ISAF Laser intervention - Supply problems looming? By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 12:11 PM Wed 1 May 2013
The long running dispute between the designer of the Laser dinghy Bruce Kirby and one of the Laser builders LaserPerformance, the builder and supplier of Lasers into UK, Europe and North America, because of non-payment of design royalties is now much wider than ever before and now it appears that its likely to threaten supplies of Lasers. ...[more]

Laser ISAF ILCA action brings expanded Bruce Kirby law suit By Sail-world.com, 11:54 PM Tue 30 Apr 2013
In a widely anticipated move Bruce Kirby Inc. today filed a First Amended Complaint adding claims related to the ILCA Rule Change, the ISAF Reversal on the Fundamental Rule change, the apparent new ISAF Plaques and other matters, and adding as a party the owner of the Laser trademarks in Europe: Velum Limited ITM SA (Antigua and Barbuda). ...[more]

It's the boat that matters, not the name By Bruce Kirby, 11:49 PM Wed 24 Apr 2013
In an attempt to rescue the Laser Class from its downhill course of the past few years I have reluctantly decided that a name change, or re-branding is necessary. During the past three or four years dealers have had difficulty getting timely delivery of boats, and in particular, of parts. ...[more]

Laser Legal tangles continue By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 10:16 AM Wed 24 Apr 2013
Previously ISAF had recognised that LPE were no longer licensed Laser builders and had stopped the issuance of plaques by ILCA. Major developments in the last few days with ISAF changing tack and now in conjunction with ILCA moving boldly to remove Bruce Kirby´s design rights ...[more]

Statement from the International Laser Class Association By ILCA, , 9:26 AM Wed 24 Apr 2013
ISAF and ILCA have taken steps to assure the uninterrupted supply of class legal Laser brand sailboats around the world. This includes making newly designed ISAF plaques available to all the current ISAF and ILCA approved manufacturers of the Laser dinghy in accordance with the ILCA class rules. ...[more]

ISAF Statement On International Laser Class By ISAF, 8:58 AM Wed 24 Apr 2013
ISAF Statement - On 22 March the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) published a statement concerning the Laser Class dispute and proceedings filed by attorneys acting for Bruce Kirby. The legal situation is on-going but ISAF can confirm that: ISAF has been named a co-defendant in the legal proceedings filed in the US District Court. ...[more]

Laser supply threatened, latest AC72, Aussies in Heyres, Etchells MW By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 7:42 AM Wed 24 Apr 2013
ISAF and ILCA have been named a co-defendant in the legal proceedings filed in the US District Court by attorneys acting for Laser designer Bruce Kirby, over a dispute caused by Laser Performance Europe (LPE) refusing to pay design royalties. Major developments in the last few days with ISAF changing tack and now in conjunction with ILCA moving boldly to remove Bruce Kirby´s design rights. ...[more]

Kirby Torch replaces Laser, production heads to Canada By Canadian Yachting, , 9:07 AM Fri 12 Apr 2013
Bruce Kirby, a Canadian and the original designer of the Laser, is now launching the 'Kirby Torch'. The Laser sailboat is no longer in production in North America and Europe and because the Laser trademark is being held by the former builder, the boat’s name had to be changed in order for Bruce Kirby’s design to continue to be sold world-wide as a One Design class. ...[more]

The Kirby Torch - Latest news after Laser lawsuit By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 4:16 AM Thu 11 Apr 2013
Canadian Bruce Kirby designed a 'car-topper' in 1969. It was launched as a Laser in 1970 and more than 210,000 Lasers later, it is THE dinghy success story. ...[more]

ISAF speaks out about Laser Class dispute By ISAF, , 5:59 PM Sat 23 Mar 2013
Attorneys acting for Bruce Kirby have commenced proceedings in the US District Court and named ISAF as a co-defendant. The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has not been served with the proceedings at this time ...[more]

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