Aegis Tools granted injunction against PMA Tools AG
A court in Düsseldorf Court, Germany, granted Aegis Tools International Inc., Madison, Wis., a preliminary injunction Sept. 12 against PMA Tools AG, Germany, for infringement on the patented design of the Solo Windshield Setting Tool, according to an Aegis release Sept. 12. The injunction will prevent PMA Tools from showing its Wis Pro installation tool at the Automechanika fair in Frankfurt, Germany, Sept.16-21.
"We have several European distributors marketing our Solo tools, and the injunction will protect their business efforts and ours,” said Robert Birkhauser, president of Aegis, in the release.
Aegis was granted U. S. Patent No. 7,322,092 for its Solo Windshield Installation Tool in March 2008. The labor-saving Solo allows a single auto glass technician to install a windshield that would normally require two technicians. The key features are: four suction cups, two each for the door glass and windshield, for added safety and adaptability to all glass curvatures; a single-piece, hardened steel supporting rod with industrial-strength bearings for smooth and steady movement; and a drop-down pivot pin that eliminates any risk of disturbing the urethane seal during setting.
The company recently introduced the Solo II, an improved version of the original device. The new tool features a reversible and extendable arm that allows a technician to work from either side of the vehicle, and on vehicles with virtually any door glass configuration.