VMI has revealed that major patents on some of its tire building technology will be upheld in China. These patents were challenged by Safe-Run as their defense in an ongoing legal dispute, in which VMI is suing Safe-Run for infringement of VMI’s protected IP (intelligent property).
The Patent Re-examination Board ruled recently that the patents remain valid in China, however to the supplier’s surprise, some other challenged patents were invalidated.
VMI plans to appeal and is convinced that a higher court will recognize the validity of these other patents, which were granted and upheld in many other countries, and overturn the decision.
Harm Voortman, CEO of VMI Group, said, “This decision further strengthens our position in the legal dispute with Safe-Run and reaffirms our confidence in the Chinese legal system.”
August 2, 2017