|[January 16, 2014]
Sino Legend Responds to ITC Decision; Allows Continued U.S. Import of Tires Using SL-1801 Tackifier
ZHANGJIAGANG CITY, China --(Business Wire)--
International Trade Commission (ITC) today issued a substantial
modification to its initial determination in the Sino
Legend (Zhangjiagang) Chemical Co., Ltd. and SI
Group Inc. intellectual property case. The Commission ruled that the
majority of SI Group's alleged trade secrets are unprotectable, and
rejected SI's request to exclude Sino Legend SL-1805 and SL-7015 resins
from U.S. import.The ITC also struck down the originally recommended
general exclusion order.
"We are in the process of reviewing the multifaceted ruling in its
entirety, including our options to appeal the few remaining elements,"
said Mr. Corey Xie, general manager, Sino Legend. "Of particular note is
the ITC's reversal on what products are affected. The decision allows
our customers to use all
Sino Legend tackifiers in any of their non-U.S. production
facilities, and then import those products into the U.S. without
Sino Legend plans to continue growing its share of the U.S. market,
offering its broad portfolio of technologically-advanced resins.
In mid-2013, Shanghai No.2 Intermediate People's Court ruled
in favor of Sino Legend in two landmark patent application rights
and trade secret infringement cases. All claims brought by SI Group Inc.
and SI (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. in Case Nos. 48 and 50 - similar to its ITC
challenges - were found to have no factual or legal basis. Further, Sino
Legend's process was confirmed to be novel and inventive.
In less than six years after beginning full-scale production, Sino
Legend has become the largest Asian manufacturer of resins for the tire
and rubber industries, holding 70 percent of the Chinese market and 30
percent share for the rest of Asia. The company is a supplier to 13 of
the top 15 multinational tire companies operating in Asia, as well as to
the majority of China's domestic manufacturers.
For additional information, please visit http://www.SinoLegend.com.
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