Yamaha Settles with Patriot, But Not Yamoto

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., Cypress, Calif., and Japan-based Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. announced that a settlement has been reached in their lawsuit against defendant Patriot Motorcycles Company. The parties have agreed to enter into a Consent Judgment on issues raised in the lawsuit (Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., et. al. v. Yamoto Motor Corporation, et. al.)
On October 12, 2005, Yamaha filed suit against Patriot Motorcycles Company and Yamoto Motor Corporation in Los Angeles Federal Court for trademark infringement, trademark dilution, false designation of origin, false advertising, copyright infringement and unfair competition. The case remains open as to co-defendant Yamoto.
"Patriot wants to move forward," said Michel Attias, Chief Executive Officer of Patriot. "We will continue to remain in the U.S. market and will provide our customers with affordable products for the entire family that are defined by our own unique qualities and features."
"Yamaha is pleased to have reached a settlement with Patriot Motorcycles Company in such a timely manner," said Russell Jura, General Counsel of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. "While we have settled with Patriot, our trademark infringement case against Yamoto Motor Corporation will continue. Yamaha will not tolerate Yamoto's fraudulent, deceptive imitation of its trademarks, copyrights and appearance of its products.
“Since Yamoto has not yet approached us about a settlement as Patriot did, our intention is to litigate this case against Yamoto Motor Corporation through trial."

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