The German manufacturer of cleaning equipment Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG has won a lawsuit relating to product piracy against the Chinese company Wenzhou Haibao in China.

The German manufacturer of cleaning equipment Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG has won a lawsuit relating to product piracy against the Chinese company Wenzhou Haibao in China.

Subject of the legal dispute before the District Court of Guangzhou were design copies of pressure cleaners for industrial and commercial use. Haibao produced and offered an almost identical version of Kärcher’s pressure cleaner. Now the plagiarist is prohibited to produce or sell its design-infringing version of the pressure cleaner and was ordered to pay compensations to Kärcher.

Kärcher’s story of success is a good example for the necessity of ip protection. Although the opposite is often claimed, the enforcement of intellectual property rights is not impossible in China. In particular companies with production sites in China should be aware of the counterfeiting and piracy problem and take measures to protect their ip rights. As you can see from this example, it’s worth it!

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