Is Earthquake ripping off SVS & B&W?

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  1. Thomas_Berg

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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. [​IMG]
     
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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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    I believe B&W and Norh also got into a little spat over the bullet-tweeter enclosure...
     
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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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