Appliance giants Gree Electric and Midea are contesting one of China’s biggest competitor suits this summer, as their fierce rivalry in the air conditioning space spills into the patent courts. In an exclusive interview with IAM, Midea’s new head of IP, Sun Mingyan, has stated that the company’s recent actions in that dispute mark a turning point in its IP strategy – and suggested that industry IP managers inside and outside China had better be ready for more of the same.

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