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Manitowoc Wins Patent-Infringement Case Against Sany

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) agreed with Manitowoc that Sany infringed on patents and stole trade secrets.

April 22, 2015

Manitowoc won its patent-infringement case against Sany. The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) agreed with Manitowoc that Sany infringed on patents and stole trade secrets.

“Innovation has always been a core value of our organization and key to our success over the years," Manitowoc chairman/CEO Glen Tellock said in a press release. "Our Variable Position Counterweight technology is a game changer in the industry and one example of our ongoing commitment to this endeavor. We are thrilled with the ITC’s decision, and believe today’s final determination further validates our clear technological leadership in the market place,” commented Glen E. Tellock, Manitowoc’s chairman and chief executive officer.

In its Final Determination, the ITC determined that at least one Sany crane product infringed one of Manitowoc’s patents and that six trade secrets of Manitowoc were both protectable as trade secrets and misappropriated. As a result of these findings, the ITC has issued a limited exclusion order that prohibits importation by Sany of cranes (a) that infringe one of Manitowoc’s patents or (b) that use any of six of Manitowoc’s trade secrets for a period of 10 years. The ITC also issued a cease and desist order that prohibits Sany America from importing, selling, marketing, advertising, or distributing cranes that were manufactured using any of the six Manitowoc trade secrets found to be misappropriated.

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