Huntsman Sues Zhejiang Longsheng Group for RMB 231 Million for Patent Infringment Damages
Jurisdictional objections by defence rejected by High Court
Singapore, 12 January 2016 - The Textile Effects division of Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) has sued Zhejiang Longsheng Group Co., Ltd. (“Longsheng”) and its subsidiaries Zhejiang Keyong Chemical Co., Ltd. (“Keyong”) and Shanghai Colva Dyestuff Co., Ltd. (“Colva”) for infringing its Chinese Patent No. ZL00106403.7 by making and selling certain black dyes. Huntsman is seeking substantial damages of RMB 231 million and an injunction against further infringement. After Huntsman filed this lawsuit with the Shanghai High People’s Court, Longsheng, Keyong and Colva each submitted jurisdictional objections, which were subsequently rejected. Currently, the case is still ongoing.
Huntsman’s lawsuit follows the decision of the Shanghai High People’s Court affirming the judgment of the Shanghai First Intermediate People’s Court rendered in May 2013, which found that Colva had infringed Huntsman’s Chinese Patent No. ZL00106403.7 by manufacturing and selling Colvazol Super Black LC-G and Colvazol Super Black LC-R. Colva was ordered by the court to immediately stop manufacturing and selling the infringing products and to pay statutory damages to Huntsman.
Longsheng (Stock Exchange No. 600352, Ticker Symbol ”Zhejiang Longsheng”) controls both Keyong and Colva, and all three companies manufacture and sell textile dyes in China. Longsheng also has majority ownership of the Dystar Group.
Paul Hulme, President of Huntsman Textile Effects said: “Huntsman is fully committed to protecting its intellectual property rights, and will vigorously pursue those who are making and selling infringing products and to obtain full compensation for our damages”.
Huntsman’s patented technology is a true innovation for producing deep black shades. It is used
in Huntsman’s NOVACRON® Super Black G and NOVACRON® Super Black R. The making, use, importation or sale of products, which use Huntsman’s patented technology without authorization, is an infringing act. Huntsman would be pleased to support its customers and textile value chain partners with any questions that they may have relating to this issue.
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About Huntsman Textile Effects
Huntsman Textile Effects is the leading global provider of high quality dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries. With operations in more than 90 countries and seven primary manufacturing facilities in six countries (China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Thailand), Huntsman Textile Effects is uniquely positioned to provide prompt and expert technical service wherever our customers are based. Sustainability, innovation and collaboration are at the heart of what we do. We
use cutting edge technology to develop solutions and create innovative products with intelligent effects such as built-in freshness, sun protection or state-of-the-art dyes which reduce water and energy consumption. All these go towards meeting the needs of our customers in supporting a more sustainable environment.
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