Mips Granted Preliminary Injunction Against Poc In Germany

by Brian Mullin on November 21, 2017

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MIPS has claimed that POC’s new SPIN helmet technology infringes on MIPS’ patents. Previously POC utilized and licensed the MIPS technology for use in most of their helmets, but they recently introduced their new SPIN system. MIPS and SPIN both work by reducing rotational forces on the head during crashes. It was initially used on snow/ski helmets and has now been added to their Coron Air, Tectal Race, and Octal X bike helmets.

Press Release

November 15, 2017, 12:15 pm

MIPS has investigated the POC “SPIN” technology for potential infringement on patented MIPS technology. MIPS is now taking action to legally defend its proprietary knowledge and intellectual property.

POC SPIN System

MIPS System

MIPS has been granted an ex parte preliminary injunction in Germany to restrain infringement of MIPS’ patent EP (DE) 2 440 082 by POC Sweden AB through its sales in Germany of products incorporating the Shearing Pad INside, or “SPIN”, claiming to be a rotational impact protection system.



What is SPIN?

The patent-pending SPIN pads, which stands for ‘Shearing Pad Inside,’ are placed in precise locations throughout the helmet and shear in any direction to minimize the effects of an oblique impact by allowing the helmet to move relative to the head.


The order was granted by the court ex parte. This means that there was no hearing, POC was not given the opportunity to make submissions and there was no detailed argumentation relating to infringement and validity. MIPS is in the process of executing the order against POC. POC is permitted to appeal against the order.

POC is currently a customer to MIPS but represents a minor portion (less than 1% of net sales) of MIPS’ total sales.

This information is of such nature that MIPS AB (publ) is obliged to disclose in accordance with the EU’s Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, on 15th November 2017 at 12.15 a.m. CET. 

ABOUT MIPS

MIPS is a world-leader in helmet-based safety and the protection of the human brain. Based on an ingredient brand business-model, MIPS Brain Protection System (BPS) is sold to the global helmet industry. The BPS solution, which is patented in all relevant markets, is based on 20 years of research and development together with the Royal Institute of Technology and the Karolinska Institute, both located in Stockholm, Sweden.

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