SRAM v Princeton ‘humpback whale wheel’ lawsuit goes to jury trial

Judge orders that lay people must decide whether or not Princeton CarbonWorks infringed Zipp's 'biomimicry' patents, as claimed by Zipp owner SRAM

Princeton Carbonworks wavy rim
(Image credit: Princeton Carbonworks)

Two years after SRAM accused US wheel brand Princeton CarbonWorks of infringement on two of its patents relating to the wavy rim design of the Zipp 454 NSW, the case is heading to court.

In advance of a two-week jury trial beginning on February 13, the judge has granted each side some wins and some losses, as reported by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.