Man Bites Dog -- Chinese Company Sues in U.S. for Patent Protection
Netac Technology Company, Ltd., a Guangdong/Shenzhen, China, based flash-memory producer just filed a patent infringement lawsuit against PNY Technologies in the United States Federal Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
We see this lawsuit as further evidence of increasing maturation of Chinese companies regarding the importance of both innovation and intellectual property protection. The China Daily article on this lawsuit mentioned that in 2004, Netac won a domestic patent infringement lawsuit against Chinese company Beijing Huaqi Information Digital Technology Co Ltd.
In addition, yesterday's Wall Street Journal ran an article (blogged on here on the Wall Street Journal's law blog) detailing how Chinese companies are increasingly using U.S. law firms to argue trade cases in the United States. Like their use of the courts to protect intellectual property, this use of American lawyers on trade cases points to China's rising level of international legal sophistication.
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