|[October 18, 2013]
Sino Legend Prevails in Landmark Intellectual Property Dispute; Chinese High Court Rejects Final Appeal from SI Group
ZHANGJIAGANG CITY, China --(Business Wire)--
Ending a long-running intellectual property dispute in the tire and
rubber industries, the Shanghai Higher People's Court (the "Court") on
October 12 rejected a final appeal by SI Group Inc. and SI (Shanghai)
Co., Ltd. regarding two landmark patent application rights and trade
secret infringement cases. The ruling affirmed Sino
Legend (Zhangjiagang) Chemical Co., Ltd.'s ownership of and sole
rights to a Chinese patent for its SL-1801
tackifier (Publication No. CN 101338013 / Patent No. ZL
In its decision, which upheld a
lower court decision issued earlier this summer, the Court noted
that SI's appal lacked any factual and legal basis, and reiterated that
there was no infringement of any trade secrets by Sino Legend. Further,
Sino Legend's process was confirmed to be novel and inventive.
The Court also strongly admonished SI for attempting to manipulate the
proceedings in its previous lawsuit, stating, "The appellant's [earlier]
applications to withdraw the case were not intended to end litigation,
but to prolong the case. The appellants' behavior violates the integrity
and creditability of the system."
"The Court's ruling validates the technical strength of our patent,
while also helping support our reputation for honest, ethical conduct as
we pursue continued innovation," said Mr. Corey Xie, general manager,
Sino Legend. "We've worked extremely hard to build our
intellectual property portfolio, and will continue to aggressively
protect it against infringement on a global basis."
In a related dispute, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) last
month notified both parties that it was reviewing
its initial Section 337 investigation determination in its entirety
- not a routine nor matter of course procedure. The ITC's final ruling
is expected by end of year, pending confirmation following the
re-opening of the federal government.
Less than five years after beginning full-scale production, Sino
Legend has become the largest Asian manufacturer of resins for the
tire and rubber industries, holding 70 percent of the Chinese market and
30 percent share for the rest of Asia. The company is a supplier to 13
of the top 15 multinational tire companies operating in Asia, as well as
to the majority of China's domestic manufacturers.
For additional information, please visit SinoLegend.com.
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