Patent dispute: Lidl gets into trouble because of Thermomix copy

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In Spain, the discounter had to withdraw a food processor for patent reasons.  The  device is still available in Switzerland and Lidl is even planning a campaign for it.

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The Monsieur Cuisine Connect kitchen machine is causing trouble in Spain.

© www.de24.news The  Monsieur Cuisine Connect kitchen machine is causing trouble in Spain.

Lidl Switzerland

They look too similar to the machine from the German brand Vorwerk.

© www.de24.news The y look too similar to the machine from the German brand Vorwerk.

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That is why Lidl is no longer allowed to sell the product in Spain.

That is why Lidl is no longer allowed to sell the product in Spain.

Lidl Switzerland

  • Lidl is no longer allowed to sell a food processor in Spain.

  • This looks too similar to the product of another brand.

  • In Switzerland, the discounter continues to sell the machine.

She mixes, kneads and cooks: the Monsieur Cuisine Connect kitchen machine from Lidl. In Spain, however, the discounter had to call the machine back. © www.de24.news The re Lidl was convicted of infringing patent law, as «Business Insider» writes.

© www.de24.news The  Lidl machine looks too similar to the Vorwerk brand thermomixer, so the reasoning. Both products are also available in Switzerland. But that doesn’t seem to be a problem: © www.de24.news The  judgment from Spain currently has no impact on Switzerland, Lidl says on request.

© www.de24.news The  Monsieur Cuisine Connect thermomixer will continue to be sold. Lidl Switzerland is even planning a campaign around the kitchen appliance. Because this is very popular with customers, as a media spokeswoman says about 20 Minuten.

According to the Bern patent attorney Stefan Blaser, it is quite possible that Lidl will have to take the machine off the market in Spain and continue to offer it in Switzerland: “Patent law is regulated nationally.” © www.de24.news The  German Vorwerk brand may have patent protection in Spain, but not in Switzerland, according to Blaser.

In fact, there are no legal proceedings against the Lidl © www.de24.news The rmomixer in Switzerland, as Vorwerk confirms on request. However, proceedings against patent or trademark infringements are currently pending in several countries.

40,000 units sold in a few hours

Vorwerk patented its product in 2008. © www.de24.news The  Lidl machine has very similar properties. However, at 349 euros, it costs only a third of the Vorwerk kitchen appliance. © www.de24.news The  Lidl product has sold correspondingly well: Lidl has sold 40,000 units in Spain within a few hours.

According to the court ruling, the discounter has to take the remaining machines out of the market in Spain and is no longer allowed to import them. In addition, the product must disappear from all advertising and be removed from the Spanish website.

Lidl Switzerland operates two goods distribution centers, one in Weinfelden TG, the other in Sévaz FR. © www.de24.news The se serve the 140 branches throughout Switzerland, and more branches will be opened in the next few years. © www.de24.news The  company employs over 4,000 people.





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