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BEYOND Represents GONGNIU in the 1 billion RMB Compensation Patent Litigation

GONGNIU Group (hereinafter referred to as “GONGNIU”), the leading manufacturer of adapters, wall switches, and sockets in civil electrical industry in China, faced a series of civil lawsuits filed by Jiangsu TONGLING Science and Technology Co Ltd (hereinafter referred to as “TONGLING”), a competing manufacturer in the same industry, on the ground of patent infringement in December 2018, just during GONGNIU’s initial public offering process which was initiated since Sept. 19, 2018.
 
TONGLING filed ten lawsuits in a lump, claiming that GONGNIU’s products infringed upon its two utility model patents under Reg. No. ZL201020681902.3 & No. ZL201010297882.4, and claiming for around one billion RMB as damages, which was said to be the highest compensation claimed in patent infringement cases. 
 
After being sued, GONGNIU entrusted lawyers from Beyond Attorneys at law (hereinafter referred to as “Beyond”) to represent it in the court proceedings. After carefully analyzing TONGLING’s cited patents and conducting abundant patent search work, Beyond held that TONGLING’s patents would be likely to be invalidated as they were not conform with relevant articles of China Patent Law and thus were not patentable. As a counter action, Beyond filed nullity requests against both TONGLING’s patents before China National Intellectual Property Administration (the CNIPA).
 
After examination, on July 3, 2019 the CNIPA issued Decisions on the invalidation cases against TONGLING’s both patents, which concluded that both patents should be announced invalid as they lack creativity. 
 
Shortly after the CNIPA’s decisions were issued, TONGLING voluntarily withdrew all the civil lawsuits filed against GONGNIU.