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Court makes ruling on Manitou Italia, Magni lawsuit

APS Equipment distributes a wide array of construction machinery, including the Magni Rotating Telehandler range.

Manitou Italia must cease the production, offer for sale, and the sale of four of its rotary telehandlers, according to Bologna’s Court of First Instance.

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Making the ‘non-definitive’ decision on February 23, 2024, the ruling comes after Magni Telescopic Handlers sued Manitou Italia back in 2018 for counterfeiting and unfair competition with four of its models: the MRT-X 2470 Privilege Plus, the MRT 2470 Privilege, the MRT-X 3050 Privilege Plus, MRT 3050 Privilege, and the “same machines also under different trade names”. Additionally, Manitou Italia has been ordered to pay AU$116,000 to Magni Telescopic Handlers for “each breach or noncompliance subsequently ascertained and for each delay in the execution of the judgment”.

Magni Telescopic Handlers sued Manitou Italia back in 2018 for violating Italian patent no. 1417457 and European patent no. 2981496 held by Magni Real Estate regarding the method for the retraction of stabilisers on rotating telehandlers.

As this ruling was made in the Court of First Instance and is a ‘non-definitive’ ruling, Manitou Italia holds the right to appeal the decision made by the Court of Bologna.


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