According to information from Glaston and LandGlass, China’s Patent Reexamination Board, based in Beijing, has ruled in favour of China-based LandGlass Inc. in a patent infringement case filed by Glaston, alleging patent infringement related to “certain glass tempering machines” sold in mainland China.
“The Patent Reexamination Board in Beijing has given a decision to invalidate Glaston’s patent based on LandGlass’ invalidation claim against the said patent,” says Glaston CEO Arto Metsänen in a statement. “Although we are disappointed on the decision as the same patent is valid across the world, it was not a complete surprise considering the proceedings in China.”
However, Glaston officials say the case may not be over.
“Consequently, we have initiated proceedings to cancel the invalidation decision and in the meanwhile have withdrawn our infringement claim against LandGlass from the Suzhou court in order to reserve a right to bring it to the court again,” adds Metsanen.
LandGlass also issued a statement, saying a trial was held last October in the Jiangsu Suzhou Intermediate People’s Court and on 20 March Glaston “applied to the court for withdrawal of the prosecution.” Additionally, IGE officials say the withdrawal was approved and Glaston assumed the legal costs for the case.