1661898378409 Cg1010 Police

Harting Challenges Chinese Copies in Court

Oct. 25, 2010
The Harting Technology Group Takes Action Against a Chinese Company That Copied Electrical Connector Products

Patent infringements and plagiarism are often quoted to represent major problems in China, especially for the manufacturers of branded consumer products. Recently the Harting Technology Group took resolute action against a Chinese company that had copied some of its electrical connector products, despite these being covered by Chinese registered patents. With a particularly strong position in Asian markets, Harting has filed patents in China since the beginning of the nineties, although their actual enforceability has been doubtful to date.

Following in-depth investigations, Harting took recourse to the Shanghai Second Intermediate Court and initiated legal proceedings for damages and an injunction over the patent infringements. After proceedings of only four months 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.

This court judgment is an important positive signalnot only for Harting, but also for other suppliers of patented technology to China, as it issues a warning to current and future patent infringers. It also demonstrates that properly protected intellectual property will be protected by the Courts in China. Congratulations to Harting for taking such resolute action, and achieving a landmark victory!

Sponsored Recommendations

Measurement instrumentation for improving hydrogen storage and transport

Hydrogen provides a decarbonization opportunity. Learn more about maximizing the potential of hydrogen.

Get Hands-On Training in Emerson's Interactive Plant Environment

Enhance the training experience and increase retention by training hands-on in Emerson's Interactive Plant Environment. Build skills here so you have them where and when it matters...

Learn About: Micro Motion™ 4700 Config I/O Coriolis Transmitter

An Advanced Transmitter that Expands Connectivity

Learn about: Micro Motion G-Series Coriolis Flow and Density Meters

The Micro Motion G-Series is designed to help you access the benefits of Coriolis technology even when available space is limited.