Nooteboom wins important patent case concerning Pendel-X low-loader with deep excavator trough

November 2016

From the first ‘swiveler’ with pendle axles to the MANOOVR: the already long list of innovations at Nooteboom is still growing. Consequently the need to properly protect these clever inventions grows too. Obtaining a patent is an important way to protect intellectual property and to ensure that our customers can always expect top quality.

Just over ten years: that’s how long the juridical wrangling about the Pendle-X Euro low-loader with excavator trough that was developed by Nooteboom has lasted. Earlier this year the European Patent Office finally decided in Nooteboom’s favour: the combination of an excavator trough and pendle axles is unique and Nooteboom is the only party in Europe that can bring this product on the market.

Director Toon de Smit: “Patents: important factor within the Nooteboom innovation programme”

A real boost

“This has ended a long period of uncertainty,” says Manager Toon de Smit, who is responsible within Nooteboom for patent applications. “While we were filing our application for the patent in 2005 we were already challenged: the low-loader with excavator trough was not thought to be unique and according to our competitors we could therefore not apply for a patent.  The principle of an excavator trough and the concept of pendle axles have indeed been around for a while. But it’s the combination of the two that is in fact unique and has not been seen before and this is what the Appeal Board of the European Patent Office pointed out in their verdict. This is a real boost for us; it proves that we really are trendsetters when it comes to innovation.”

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