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Bicycle Retailer is reporting that a U.S. District Court judge has ruled that Trek Bicycles' ABP (Active Braking Pivot) design does not infringe on Dave Weagle's patented Split Pivot design.

Weagle filed the lawsuit against Trek in September 2012. Weagle was granted a Split Pivot Patent in May of 2010 while Trek was granted a patent for their ABP design in November 2010. Both designs appear similar in that they a concentric pivot around the rear axle which connects the chainstay and seatstay. The judge's ruling was based on differing leverage ratios and shock technology used in each suspension design. Weagle plans to appeal.

Read the complete article on Bicycle Retailer.

DW's Split Pivot Design, Patent #'s 7,717,212 and 8,002,301


Trek's ABP Design, Patent # 7,837,213


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