IP lawyer: Beijing High Court upholds China’s first-ever SEP injunction

By Zhang Hui and Richard Li

Iwncomm v Sony broke new ground in granting injunctive relief to a Chinese plaintiff. In confirming the decision, the Beijing High Court has staked out some interesting positions on exhaustion and contributory infringement

On March 28 2018 the Beijing High Court affirmed the Beijing IP Court’s finding in Iwncomm v Sony that Sony directly infringed Iwncomm’s patent for wireless local area network (WLAN) authentication and privacy infrastructure (WAPI). The court upheld the permanent injunction, along with damages of Rmb9 million ($1.3 million) – although it did reverse the finding of contributory infringement.

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