Crane spreader copyright infringement

Industry Database

Sweden’s District Court of Västerås has found SweFrame Port Equipment AB guilty of copyright infringements having unlawfully reproduced some of 18,000 of Bromma’s drawings, manuals and other documents.

The District Court also concluded that SweFrame had used knowledge of Bromma’s trade secrets in the development of its second generation all-electric yard crane spreaders.

Under the court ruling, SweFrame has been prohibited from further reproducing or distributing Bromma’s documents or risk a fine of SEK 10,000 per document. The court also ordered that all documents confiscated from SweFrame by the Swedish police should be destroyed.

The court however did not decide to award any damages to Cargotec over the copyright infringements, which the spreader giant now intends to appeal.

SweFrame is a relatively new Swedish company which also specialises in crane spreaders.

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