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Technocover shrugs off copyright row

WELSHPOOL firm Technocover is shrugging off allegations by rival firm Strataform of breach of copyright and design rights on reservoir upstand covers.

Three months ago Strataform served a writ on Technocover as the two-year battle hot up. Then last week Strataform issued a statement saying Technocovers product shows substantial similarity to its own.

Technocovers marketing director, Jim Jones, dismissed Strataforms claims as a load of rubbish and said he had been advised that there was no case to answer.

He said: Issuing a writ and winning a case are two different things.

The covers allow access for water companies to underground reservoirs and have features that allow easy access for a single person but offer high resistance to vandals. Mr Jones said there were many similar products on the market.

Strataforms sales and marketing manager, Peter Evans, said: Strataform was the first company to utilise hinge torsion springs, padlock protection peaks, automatic safety stays and self locking safety grids in a cover for specific reservoir applications.

Mr Evans confirmed that Technocover was undercutting Strataform on price.