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Court rejects Expo lawsuit

AN intermediate court yesterday threw out a lawsuit by a Beijing-based architect who had accused the Denmark Pavilion at World Expo 2010 Shanghai of patent infringement.

The Shanghai Higher People's Court previously rejected a similar lawsuit filed by the architect, Wang Qun, who claimed the France Pavilion had also violated the same patent.

Wang has applied to China's Supreme People's Court to overturn the decision. He said the Shanghai court's decision was due to a "misunderstanding" about the wording used in the patent.

Shanghai courts ruled the designs of the two pavilions didn't resemble Wang's patent.

Wang received an architectural patent from the State Intellectual Property Administration in April 2006.

The patent is for houses built above ground that are connected to the Earth with helical passages.

Wang said Denmark Pavilion's helical design infringed his patent.

He sued the pavilion and the company that built it, China Construction Eighth Engineering Division, in Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court late last year.

He originally asked for an apology and 750,000 yuan (US$114,329) in compensation from the defendants.


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