Edelrid, Vaude's subsidiary manufacturing climbing equipment, has obtained a temporary injunction against one of its competitors, the German company Q-Vita, which markets LACD (Lost Arrow Climbing Division), its own brand of climbing equipment and footwear. Q-Vita was provisionally ordered to quit offering a via ferrata climbing set that was deemed to be too similar to one of Edelrid's products, called “Cable Comfort”.
Edelrid did not want to mention the name of the competitor, because it said that the whole matter was not about blaming individual brands, but to make the industry familiar with the fact that there was unfair competition through copies in the trade.
Edelrid said that it spent lots of money for research and development as well as on the marketing of its innovations, while competitors who just sold copies did not incur such costs and could therefore offer their own products at a much lower price. The company points out that it has held fruitless talks with the competitor, which did not respond in the desired way but refrained from showing its own product at the OutDoor show.
In spite of Edelrid's attempt to conceal the name of the competitor in question, it quickly became clear that it was about Q-Vita. While selling its own brand, the company also acts as German distributor for Camp, Cassin and Edelweiss ropes. Additionally, Q-Vita sells the Japanese stoves of Soto into Austria, Germany and the Benelux countries.
Q-Vita's managing director, Wolfgang Rimbeck, said that his own lawyers were prepared for legal action against the injunction, since he denies that his product is a copy. Additionally, he claims that Edelrid's files were incomplete.
Besides this quarrel, fakes are an issue at this OutDoor show: We hear unconfirmed reports that the German federal customs came over to the show yesterday and shut down the booths of three Asian companies allegedly offering copied products. Interestingly enough, the operations were witnessed by a regional television station.