Epe, The Netherlands – VMI has claimed “a huge victory” in its fight against patent infringement, with a Chinese court ruling against Shuangjun Plastic and Rubber Machinery Ltd (SPRML).
In a statement on 29 June, the Dutch machinery company said the Chinese Intellectual Property Court supported VMI on all its claims against the Chinese company and awarded “the full compensation requested by VMI”.
In April 2015, the Chinese Patent Management Bureau ruled that SPRML was guilty of patent infringement against VMI’s patent for a tire-building drum.
At the time, VMI said that the Chinese Intellectual Property Office (IPO) carried out a raid on the premises of the Chinese company in August 2014, upon a formal complaint.
After collecting evidence, IPO formally ruled on 8 April that SPRML had infringed VMI’s patent, added the release.
The Dutch tire machinery company also announced in February that it had taken “enforcement actions” against new incidents of “blatant infringement” of its model protection and patents.
According to the company the infringements were mainly carried out in China.