VMI announces win in patent infringement cases against Safe-Run

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Following court proceedings at the Jiangsu High People’s Court of China, VMI has announced victory over Safe-Run Intelligent Equipment after filing a series of patent infringement cases against the company.

A final decision was made by the court which found Safe-Run infringed on two key patents owned by VMI relating to tire building machines. Safe-Run was ordered to stop all infringements and pay damages to VMI to the value of US$379,000 (¥2.46m), a significant amount when compared to other similar cases in China. In July of this year, the appeal court issued final decisions on four of the five cases.

Despite being ordered to pay damages to VMI within a set period, Safe-Run failed to do so, and was subsequently instructed by the court to pay the fines after VMI petitioned the court to execute judgement on the matter. The damages were then paid in full by the Chinese company.

In addition, a fifth patent case is still pending despite VMI having already won at trial court. Safe-Run attempted to invalidate a VMI-owned patent, but the Chinese Supreme People’s Court’s Intellectual Property Tribunal made a decision that upheld the validity of the patent. It is expected that the appeal court will issue a decision soon.

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