VMI successfully defends intellectual property rights in China

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The Chinese intellectual Property Office (IPO) has upheld a claim by machinery manufacturer VMI for intellectual property infringement.

Based on clear evidence of infringement of a VMI patent for its tire building drum by Shuangjun Plastic and Rubber Machinery, the offending company has been ordered to stop manufacturing, selling and making false claims about the product.

In 2014 VMI received reports that the company had illegally infringed this patent and was falsely passing off the resulting copies as being its own property. Once VMI gathered sufficient evidence, a formal complaint was made to the IPO which then carried out a raid on Shangjun Plastic and Rubber’s premises.

Shangjun attempted to invalidate VMI’s long-standing patent but failed as the Chinese Patent Review Board ruled against Shuangjun and upheld VMI’s patent. Having been successful in winning this unequivocal judgement, VMI is now considering actions against other infringers in the market to protect its technology, products and reputation.

May 13, 2015

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