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Neoteric Hovercraft Inc
1649 Tippecanoe Street • Terre Haute, Indiana, USA 47807-2394
TELEPHONE: 812-234-1120 • 800-285-3761 • FAX: 812-234-3217
EMAIL: Hovermail@NeotericHovercraft.com • WEB: NeotericHovercraft.com • RescueHovercraft.com

14 July 2013

TO:
Mikhail Ilyin
General Directorate Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia
19 Zaharevskaya str
St. Petersburg, Russia

COMPLAINT AGAINST:
Sotsenko Yaroslav (Vladimirovich)
Air Wing / Production Company “MSK" / 000 Aeroslava
Highway Revolution, d.114 office 26
St. Petersburg, Russia
Website: airwing.ru

This complaint is submitted by Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc., a company founded in 1975 with headquarters in the United States of America. Neoteric was the first light hovercraft manufacturer in the world, and LLC Sirius / Christy Hovercraft in St. Petersburg, managed by General Director Igor Vladimirovich Lavrov, is Neoteric’s licensed agent in Russia.

Numerous legal violations and unfair trade practices have been committed against Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. and Christy Hovercraft by Air Wing / Production Company “MSK”. These offenses are forcing financial burdens upon our long-standing reputable businesses through loss of sales and confusion created in the marketplace by the presence of counterfeit products. These unlawful products are of inferior quality and lack the high safety standards of Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. – the original manufacturer and patent owner.

These offenses include but are not limited to:

  • Industrial and economic espionage; theft of technology and trade secrets; piracy
  • Patent, trademark and copyright infringement; plagiarism
  • Unlawful misleading advertising; false and misleading representations of fact
  • Misleading commercial practices

A Cease and Desist Order was served to Air Wing / Production Company “MSK” on 12 April 2013, to which we received no response and none of the demands were met.

Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. is in the process of informing appropriate United States governmental agencies of these offenses, including the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); the U.S. Department of Commerce; and the Indiana Department of Commerce. We are also assisting Christy Hovercraft in reporting these offenses to the appropriate governmental agencies in Russia.

Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. is also working conjointly with Christy Hovercraft to pursue legal action against Air Wing / Production Company “MSK”. In addition, a detailed report on their illegal actions, with full documentation, will soon be published in the World Hovercraft Organization’s Hovercraft Ripoff Report. Enclosed please find an abbreviated chronology of the most egregious offenses committed by this company against Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. and our licensed Russian agent Christy Hovercraft.

There is wide concern within the international hovercraft industry that Air Wing / Production Company “MSK” is threatening consumer safety by illegally manufacturing and marketing pirated, counterfeit hovercraft with no track record while fraudulently representing them as having the more than 40 years’ tested and proven history of Neoteric Hovercraft. These inferior imitation hovercraft are of particular concern when they are marketed to rescue agencies; they endanger the lives of first responders as well the lives of those they are tasked to save. Air Wing / Production Company “MSK” is producing and selling public rescue vehicles of questionable safety that may harm the public rather than protect it.

We petition the General Directorate Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia to take action against Air Wing / Production Company “MSK” for its ongoing violations of the law. We believe you will agree that there exist many well-founded reasons for your agency to not only impose all available penalties upon this company, but – for the safety of the public and the safety of rescue personnel – to also order immediate suspension of the production and marketing of their “Niaterek” and all other counterfeit hovercraft models.

I have provided my full contact information below, but I also authorize representatives from LLC Sirius / Christy Hovercraft to act on the behalf of Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. My company and I are eager to provide any additional materials or assistance that you may need. Allowing disreputable Russian companies to use such unlawful business practices to market stolen products of questionable safety will, at the very least, tarnish the reputation of Russian-made products in general.

I thank you kindly for your thorough investigation into this serious situation.

Best Regards,

 

Chris Fitzgerald
President
Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc.
1649 Tippecanoe Street
Terre Haute, Indiana USA 47807-2394

Email: hovermail@neoterichovercraft.com
Telephone: 812-234-1120 or 800-285-3761
Fax: 812-234-3217

APPENDIX TO AIR WING COMPLAINT

Air Wing Avito advertisements

 

 

Air Wing assembly facility with illegal copies of Neoteric Hovertrek™ in production

 

 

Illegal copies of Neoteric Hovertrek™ manufactured by Air Wing

 
 

The following photos appeared on the Boats and Yachts forum:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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