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Philips loses food fryer patent case

CLAIMS that Chinese companies cooked up a copy of a Philips food fryer were yesterday rejected by a local court.

Dutch consumer appliances giant Philips had demanded 3 million yuan (US$489,748) compensation from Shanghai Lock & Lock Trading Co Ltd and Cixi Hongbang Electric Appliances Co Ltd.

But Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People’s Court ruled a food fryer Lock & Lock sold didn’t infringe an air circulation patent owned by Philips.

The court said the internal designs are different, noting that the Lock & Lock fryer does not have an air outlet on its upper surface, as the Philips one does. 

An absence of this feature meant that the defendants’ product didn’t infringe Philips’ patent claims, said the court.

Philips had also demanded the companies stop producing and selling the products, and destroy stored products and machinery used to make them.

In its lawsuit filed last year, Philips said the fryers were co-manufactured by Shanghai Lock & Lock and Cixi Hongbang, a Zhejiang-based company.

Lock & Lock said it was the retailer and  Hongbang the sole manufacturer.

Hongbang said it had developed the fryer based on other European intellectual proprietary technology solutions and had applied for a patent.

 




 

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