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German Courts Enforce Shimano's Patents Aganst SRAM
SRAM and the other defendants are now bound by the court's order not to manufacture, offer, sell, market and use the "Powerglide II" brand cassettes (5.0 and 7.0) in Germany," Shimano said in a prepared statement.

The court order also prevents SRAM from importing these cassettes into Germany. Shimano is confident that this decision of the Munich Court will receive substantial attention in the marketplace not only by manufacturers but also by dealers," Shimano's statement said.

Shimano's allegations that SRAM cassettes infringe on Shimano's European patents had been through a series of German patent court hearings and a publicized decision, but the preliminary injunction against marketing the trigger shifters in Germany, obtained in a more recent and separate filing, took SRAM by surprise.

SRAM filed for a stay against the injunction in the cassette case and hopes to resume marketing the cassettes in Germany while its appeals are pending, but has not received a ruling.

The company will also dispute the preliminary findings in the trigger case dispute. This case aledges that SRAM's new trigger shifters infringed on Shimano's intellectual property.

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