The Harting Technology Group KGaA (Espelkamp, Germany) has won a court case against a Chinese company that had copied its connectors.
Following in-depth investigations Harting initiated legal proceedings in the Shanghai Second Intermediate Court for damage and injunction in connection with patent infringements.
After four months of proceedings the Shanghai court passed a judgment confirming the patent infringement and sentencing the respective manufacturer to discontinue the production and sales of the counterfeit products, as well as imposing the payment of damages.
Harting believes the court judgment is an important positive signal for it as this action not only weakens the market position of the opponent, but also issues a warning to current and future patent infringers.
It has filed patents in China since the beginning of the nineties, although their actual enforceability has been doubtful until now. It now believes that the outcome of the recent proceedings demonstrates that intellectual property is also being protected in China in the meantime.