Major invention patents related to tire building technology of VMI are upheld in China. These patents were challenged by Safe-Run as their defense in the ongoing legal dispute, in which VMI is suing Safe-Run for infringement of VMI’s protected IP.
The Patent Re-examination Board ruled recently that the challenged patents remain valid in China.
To VMI’s surprise some other challenged patents were invalidated. VMI will appeal and is convinced that a higher court will recognize the validity of these other patents, which were granted and upheld in many other important countries, and overturn that element of the Patent Re-examination Board’s decision.
Harm Voortman, CEO of VMI Group: “This decision further strengthens our position in the legal dispute with Safe-Run and reaffirms our confidence in the Chinese legal system.”
VMI had already won an important infringement lawsuit against another Chinese copycat, Shuangjun Plastic and Rubber Machinery Ltd.
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