23.07.2014

Court rules Sany infringed Manitowoc patent

Administrative law judge David P. Shaw of the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued an initial determination in the patent infringement and trade secrets case filed by Manitowoc against Sany cranes.

Manitowoc filed the complaint on June 12th last year, alleging violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act by Sany for importing and selling crawler cranes and components that infringe its patents and misappropriated its trade secrets - see: Manitowoc files against Sany

According to the initial notice, published on June 14th, the judge has determined that Sany violated Section 337 of the Tariff Act and that Manitowoc has also demonstrated that Sany has violated at least one of its patents and misappropriated some of its trade secrets.

Manitowoc says that it is pleased by the Judge’s favourable ruling and looks forward to receiving the commission’s final order later this year. The initial notice has released only limited information, the full ruling will be published later.

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