Meyer Sound Laboratories Incorporated of Berkeley, California, announced last Friday 30 November that it had settled the lawsuit it filed in June 2012 against VUE Audiotechnik, LLC of Escondido, California. VUE responded over the weekend with an open letter, calling the case "an unexpected distraction".
The lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California. In its suit, Meyer Sound alleged VUE infringed its iconic wave trademark, and asserted other claims against VUE and "a former Meyer employee currently working for VUE".
“This legal action was necessary to protect Meyer Sound’s intellectual property rights and to prevent confusion in the marketplace,” said Helen Meyer, co-founder and executive vice president of Meyer Sound, in a statement. “We are pleased with the settlement. It resolves issues related to our company’s valuable trade secrets, and eliminates the possibility that people might be misled into assuming that VUE or its products are associated with or endorsed by Meyer Sound.”
The terms of the settlement agreement are confidential.
VUE executive vice president Jim Sides – who was former CEO of Meyer Sound Germany before becoming business development directory for Meyer's cinema taskforce – subsequently posted an open letter reponse to the events on the VUE Audiotechnik website. It reads:
"This suit was a unexpected distraction, and it demonstrates Meyer’s clear concern for the impact we’re making in the marketplace. I left Meyer on great terms, and have nothing but gratitude for the opportunities presented to me during my tenure there.
"Success in our industry is rooted in relationships, and while most of the established brands have grown, this essential focus has been ignored. What’s more, VUE is forging entirely new ground through unique technologies utilising beryllium-based transducers and advanced subwoofer topologies. VUE is not your father’s Oldsmobile and shouldn’t be confused as such.
"In the end, innovation and a return to long-term customer relationships are the core principles from which VUE Audiotechnik was founded, and I cannot think of a clearer validation that we’re on the right track than when an established player grasps at any opportunity to slow our momentum.
"I speak to countless customers every day, and I’m humbled by the positive and enthusiastic response to what we’re doing. It’s clear that the industry is ready for a nimble and passionate company to meet their needs once again. I’m proud that VUE stands ready to be exactly that."
Meyer Sound’s new LEO large-scale loudspeaker system (pictured) has been touring with Cirque du Soleil’s Immortal show in Europe in recent months, as reported in this month's PSNEurope.
VUE Audiotechnik is a start-up loudspeaker manufacturing company formed by industry veterans Sides and EAW co-founder Ken Berger in early 2012.