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Court deals blow to Zhongwei, domestic bus industry
April 13, 2009, 11:09 am
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Zhongwei is accused of copying  Neoplan Bus GmbH's bus design

Zhongwei is accused of copying Neoplan Bus GmbH's bus design

Jiangsu-based Zhongwei Bus & Coach Group lost the first round of a patent infringement lawsuit filed by German bus maker Neoplan Bus GmbH. Zhongwei is accused of copying the entire design of Neoplan’s Starliner bus.
Zhongwei is required to pay RMB 20 million  in compensation to Neoplan Bus and RMB 1.16 million in legal costs. In addition, the Chinese company was ordered to stop manufacturing and selling its A9 buses in the future.
This is not the first violation lawsuit of intellectual property rights involving vehicle body design since 2001, when China joined the World Trade Organization. Neoplan’s victory was a rare and remarkable one in the recent numerous battles between domestic and foreign vehicle makers.
In the past three years, competition between Neoplan and Zhongwei has rapidly expanded. Neoplan’s Starliner has not yet been introduced into China’s market but Zhongwei’s A9 model competed against the Starliner in overseas markets.

Source: China Daily

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