May. 27, 2021WINNING OF DESIGN INFRINGEMENT LITIGATION VIOLATING OUR THERMAL PRINTER MECHANISM IN CHINA
Seiko Instrument Incorporation hereby announces that our company has won the design infringement litigation case against Chinese electronic parts maker, “廈門頂尖電子有限公司,” English notation: Xiamen Pinnacle Electrical Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Pinnacle Co.”). The litigation case involves the violation of Design Right of our thermal printer mechanism.
Our company filed a law suit on February 11, 2018 with “中国福州市中級人民法院” (Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court, Fuzhou in China), as the printer mechanism (Product name:TP2V) manufactured and sold by Pinnacle Co. infringes Design Right owned by our company. This infringement litigation was appealed to the second court, and on November 27, 2019, “福建省高級人民法院” (Fujian Higher People’s Court) found the infringement by Pinnacle Co. and judged to cease and desist the manufacture and sales of TP2V, and to pay our company compensation for damages.
Pinnacle Co. lodged an appeal to Supreme People’s Court for a retrial of this case on June 9, 2020 against the judgement. However, Supreme People’s Court judged that the appeal for retrial by Pinnacle Co. should be dismissed on March 12, 2021.
The subject Design Right relates to a printer mechanism “LTP02” of our company’s product, and is developed independently by our company for a POS market throughout the world including China.
Printer Mechanism “LTP02”
We hereby express our strong intention that, when the Intellectual Property Right owned by our company is determined to be violated by others, we will take an appropriate action like this case, to thereby preserve and enhance our brand value.