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Fox sues SRAM over fork bleed valves

Published July 20, 2022

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — It's only been a matter of months since SRAM and Fox ended their six-year legal battle over chainring and axle patents, but the two industry giants are at it again.

Fox Factory, Inc. last week filed a complaint with Central District of California courts seeking actual and punitive damages from SRAM, LLC for supposed patent infringement related to the bleed valves on RockShox's 2023 forks. 

Companies including MRP, X-Fusion, Manitou, and others have used different iterations of the bleed valve concept, but Fox was granted a patent in 2020 and SRAM-owned RockShox introduced its version of the valves for its recent launch of the 2023 ZEB, Lyrik, and Pike models.

Fox is not only requesting damages but demanding that RockShox stop selling the forks immediately and hand over all unsold inventory to be destroyed.

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