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Knolly withdraws patent claim against Intense

Published May 19, 2021

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — Knolly Bikes Inc. has withdrawn its suit alleging that Intense Cycles was infringing on its patent on a full suspension design.

Knolly, based in Burnaby, British Columbia, filed the suit in December, claiming that at least six Intense models infringed on a U.S. patent that Knolly had been granted in 2019. 

Earlier this month Knolly's attorneys told U.S. District Judge Mark C. Scarsi that both sides had agreed to dismiss all claims and counterclaims, with each side paying their own legal fees. 

A Knolly representative said the company would have no comment.

Intense released a statement saying that it was pleased to learn that Knolly had dropped the suit.

"The issue was quickly resolved when Intense submitted prior art, chassis samples and media coverage dating back to the 1990’s," Intense said in the statement. "Intense has been a leading innovator in both suspension and chassis design for nearly 30 years, and we are happy to have this matter put to rest."

The patent in question, titled "rear suspension system for bicycles" is US 10,363,988, which was filed in 2014 and granted Aug. 7, 2019. The inventor is Knolly's CEO and chief designer, Noel Buckley.

During the pre-trial discovery, Intense had filed a counterclaim asking that Knolly's patent be declared invalid. That counterclaim was dismissed along with Knolly's claim and Knolly filed paperwork with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office informing the office that a court action involving the patent had been dismissed.

A screenshot from Knolly's patent.

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