Is Earthquake ripping off SVS & B&W?

John Garcia

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B&W has already successfully sued a few companies over the design of their tweeters, as it is a patented design, I believe. Just because it looks good or the same, doesn't mean it will sound good.

I don't think SVS is a registered trademark (which now that they are growing might be a good idea if it is not already in the works), so similar looking logos would not be illegal.
 

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Not sure if I agree on the SVS-logo thing; yeah,it is similar...but just that.

However their "Nova" line is a blatant ripoff of the Nautilus' series.
 

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Even that site looks similar to SVS's with the red and black color scheme!
 

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IIRC, it is not a patent issue, but one of ‘trade dress’. The point of contention was the top-mounted tweeter. I don’t know how this was resolved or if it was. For sure the Swan models that may have had this issue are still being marketed and sold.
 

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They must have come to some agreement, because I do still see those Swans being sold, even with the new line out. There are other companies out there who also use the same tweeter apperance, so I know it isn't a simple matter of how it looks.
 

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Don't forget KEF's Reference line. But B&W cant say jack to KEF about the styling & tweeter placement on their speakers because KEF has been doing it since before the Nautilus line was out.
 

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kef's are quite a bit different, actually
 

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