logoTriMas Corp. today (Sept. 17) announced that its Cequent Performance Products Inc. subsidiary has reached an agreement with Pacific Rim International LLC to protect the intellectual property rights of various Cequent Bulldog brand trailer couplers.

Earlier this year, Cequent discovered that Pacific Rim had copied the technology and infringed upon the design of the configuration of several models of Cequent’s Bulldog trailer couplers, TriMas stated in a news release. Cequent’s Bulldog brand is a leading name in heavy duty couplers designed for utility, horse/livestock, cargo and construction trailer applications. The Bulldog design features a very distinctive look that has great functionality and very high acceptance in these markets. Cequent’s Bulldog couplers are available in configurations to match virtually any trailer.

In response to Cequent’s claims, Pacific Rim acknowledged the validity of Cequent’s product configuration trademark and registration and agreed to settle the dispute for an undisclosed amount. In addition, Pacific Rim agreed to cease all sales of the couplers in dispute no later than Oct. 31, destroying any unsold products after this agreed-upon short sell-off period. During the sell-off period, Pacific Rim must clearly identify the manufacturer of these couplers to avoid confusion in the market place.

Cequent is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of accessories for light trucks, sport utility vehicles, recreational vehicles, passenger cars and trailers of all types. Products include cargo management and rack systems, towing and hitch systems, and trailer and electrical brake systems.