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Belgian consulate thanks Shanghai court over infringement case

THE Belgian Consulate General in Shanghai yesterday expressed appreciation and gratitude to a Shanghai court for taking actions to protect a Belgian company that claims its patent has been infringed.

Christophe Cardon, a representative of the Belgian consul general, spoke highly of the decision made by the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court, saying it reflected the professionalism of the court and its efficiency in handling intellectual property infringement cases.

Liu Ming, a representative of the Belgium-based Picanol NV, a manufacturer of weaving machinery, also handed a silk banner of compliment to Song Xuedong, vice president of the court.

Song said his company requested a court-ordered injunction against a Guangdong company that displayed a weaving machine very similar to its patented product branded "BestMax" in a trade show held in Shanghai.

After reviewing evidences provided by Picanol NV, the court agreed to order the Guangdong company to stop exhibiting and selling its product at the trade show.

But the court found the Chinese company ignored its order and continued to display its imitation product at the Shanghai New International Expo Center in Pudong. As a result, the company was fined 100,000 yuan and its marketing director, surnamed He, was given a 10-day detention on Monday.

Liu said his company was very satisfied with the result and was deeply impressed by Shanghai judges' professionalism and efficiency. This made Belgian business community in Shanghai people more confident about the city's investment environment.


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