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Rieter wins China patent dispute

In mid-July 2020, in a legal dispute, the Shanghai Intellectual Property Court of the People’s Republic of China ruled in favour of Rieter Ingolstadt GmbH (Germany)

14th August 2020

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Winterthur, Switzerland

Clothing/​Footwear

Leading Swiss textile machinery maker Rieter has won in a patent infringement dispute in China. Rieter protects its innovations and products with patents and registered designs and takes consistent action against patent and design infringements. In mid-July 2020, in a legal dispute, the Shanghai Intellectual Property Court of the People’s Republic of China ruled in favour of Rieter Ingolstadt GmbH (Germany).

The Shanghai Intellectual Property Court of the People’s Republic of China determined that the double-head draw frames JWF1316 and JWF1316T of Shenyang Hongda Textile Machinery Co., Ltd. are similar to and fall within the scope of protection of the design patent concerned. The defendant Shenyang Hongda Textile Machinery Co., Ltd. was ordered to compensate the plaintiff Rieter Ingolstadt GmbH for financial losses and expenses.

“Rieter machines stand for outstanding quality, high operational safety, excellent performance and user-friendliness as well as unique design,” Rieter said. “In order to benefit from these characteristics, competitors copy the successful Rieter machine concepts and even adopt the coveted Rieter design.”

In 2018, Rieter registered design infringements by Shenyang Hongda Textile Machinery Co., Ltd. in relation to double head draw frames, and decided to file a lawsuit against the Chinese company.

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