June 17, 2024

Rieter Wins Major Chinese Draw Frame Patent Dispute

In a judgment, the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China ruled in favor of Rieter in a legal dispute concerning infringement of a Rieter patent by a competitor’s draw frame.

“Rieter protects its innovations with patents and registered designs and consistently takes action against infringements of its intellectual property,” the Swiss company said in a press release.

“Rieter draw frames are known for their stable operation with high sliver quality and productivity,” it added in the press release.

Superb scanning precision and highest autoleveling dynamics ensure outstanding sliver evenness and thus the production of high-quality yarns.

Draw frames have also been the subject of a patent litigation by Rieter in China at various levels of jurisdiction.

In the summer of 2022, the Shanghai Intellectual Property Court confirmed the patent infringement identified by Rieter and prohibited the competitor from continuing to use Rieter’s patented technology.

The infringing party was also ordered to pay damages to Rieter. The culpable competitor then appealed the decision of the Shanghai court to the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China.

In December 2023, the Supreme Court of China in Beijing upheld the Shanghai decision, confirming that the patent had been infringed.

As a result, Rieter’s competitor is prohibited from selling the infringing machine types and is required to pay the damages determined by the court.

This Supreme Court decision represents a major success for Rieter in defending its proprietary technologies in China.

It is further proof that foreign companies can effectively defend their intellectual property in China.

As the technology leader in spinning machinery manufacturing, Rieter invests around 5 percent of its turnover annually in research and development.

Rieter further said that it protects its innovative products with patents and registered designs and takes consistent action against infringements of industrial property rights.

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