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Noah accused of patent infringement
April 21, 2009, 1:02 pm
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Noah produces a popular series of electronic dictionaries

A TV ad for the latest educational product made by Shenzhen-based Noah Education Holding Ltd promises that “Touching the words on the screen of a Noah digital-and-pronouncing learning devices (DLD), it will perform the pronunciation of the words”.Noah, the country’s leading DLD provider, has been involved in a patent-violation lawsuit.

Noah Education Holding Ltd recently lost the first round of a lawsuit filed by Shenzhen-based Vanhon Information and Technology Development Co.

Noah was accused of pirating Vanhon’s patent on DLDs. Following the judgment in Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court, Noah was required to stop manufacturing and selling its NP12 DLD products, and to pay RMB 500,000.

The  driving force that made Vanhon finally file a lawsuit to fight patent piracy in 2007 was Noah’s large-scale branding campaign through the TV advertisements, which helped Noah’s DLD products win public attention and contributed in good measure to Noah’s impressive sales revenue.

In response, Noah announced that compared with Vanhon’s DLD products, Noah’s NP12 DLD products contain additional and unique functions.

Source: English.ipr.gov.cn

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