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Philips sues firms over patent dispute

PHILIPS is suing Shanghai Lock & Lock Trading Co Ltd for producing and selling food fryers that it claimed infringes on an air circulation patent that it owns, the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court heard yesterday.

Philips Consumer Lifestyle B.V., a Netherlands-based firm, also sued Cixi Hongbang Electric Appliances Co Ltd, a company in Zhejiang Province that manufactured the alleged infringing food fryers for Lock & Lock.

Philips said it discovered three of Lock & Lock's eco fryers infringed on its patent and filed a lawsuit last year.

At the hearing, Philips demanded that the two defendants stop producing and selling the infringing fryers immediately while seeking more than 3.23 million yuan (US$519,275) in compensation from both, including lawyer's fee, notary fee and translation fee.

Lock & Lock argued it was only a retailer and Hongbang was the producer. It should not bear any reasonability even if the products were infringements. Hongbang said the patent Philips claimed was not unique and has been used by many companies.


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