Milliken & Company Escalates Patent Enforcement against Guangzhou Tongbo
SHANGHAI, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Milliken & Company escalated its patent protection efforts in China by asking Guangzhou Municipal Intellectual Property (IP) to investigate Guangzhou Tongbo Telecom Equipment Co., Ltd.
Together with other local authorities, the Guangzhou Intellectual Property Bureau completed an inspection against Guangzhou Tongbo Telecom Equipment Co., Ltd. on May 6, 2014. It was found that Guangzhou Tongbo manufactured fabric innerducts. As Milliken has patents concerning related fabric innerducts, the enforcement authorities seized the accused fabric innerducts during the inspection proceedings.
"The action led by the IP Bureau showed China is committed to enforcing intellectual property, and therefore encouraging innovation," stated Jim Porterfield, Global Market Director at Milliken & Company, "Each action that helps protect our intellectual property in China ensures our customers and partners can continue to benefit from Milliken’s infrastructure solutions."
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