Manitowoc says prevails in patent infringement lawsuit against Sany
The Manitowoc Company, Inc.announced the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in its favor in its patent infringement and trade secrets misappropriation lawsuit against Sany Heavy Industries and Sany America. The CAFC's October 11, 2016 ruling summarily affirmed the United States International Trade Commission April 16, 2015 Final Determination and Cease and Desist Order against Sany in Certain Crawler Cranes and Components. The CAFC specifically noted that no further opinion was necessary. The CAFC's October 11, 2016 ruling upholds all of the determinations from the ITC's April 16, 2015 Final Determination. The Final Determination was issued in connection with the ITC's investigation of Sany's conduct based upon a complaint filed by Manitowoc Cranes, LLC, which alleged that Sany had violated Section 337 of the Tariff Act. The ITC's determinations included that at least one Sany crane product infringed one of Manitowoc's patents and that six trade secrets of Manitowoc were both protectable as trade secrets and misappropriated. As a result of those determinations, the ITC issued a limited exclusion order that prohibits importation into the U.S. by Sany of cranes (a) that infringe one of Manitowoc's patents or (b) that use any of six of Manitowoc's trade secrets for a period of ten years.