ZHANGJIAGANG CITY, China--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Signaling the need to evaluate the facts and law in the ongoing trade secrets dispute between Sino Legend (Zhangjiagang) Chemical Co., Ltd. and SI Group Inc., the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) this week notified both parties that it will review the initial determination in its entirety.
“The importance of this full review should not be underestimated. We’re confident that ITC will find that its administrative law judge’s initial determination is in error, while confirming the prior decisions of the Chinese Court”
A review of an initial determination is not a routine nor matter of course procedure for the Commission.
“The importance of this full review should not be underestimated. We’re confident that ITC will find that its administrative law judge’s initial determination is in error, while confirming the prior decisions of the Chinese Court,” said Mr. Corey Xie, general manager, Sino Legend. “We applaud the ITC for its diligence and commitment, given the international legal and commercial consequences of its decision.”
Both parties are in the process of responding to a series of additional questions issued by the ITC. The Commission’s final ruling is expected to be issued on November 8.
Earlier this summer, Shanghai No.2 Intermediate People's Court ruled in favor of Sino Legend in two landmark patent application rights and trade secret infringement cases. All claims brought by SI Group Inc. and SI (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. in Case Nos. 48 and 50 – similar to its ITC challenges – were found to have no factual or legal basis. Further, Sino Legend’s process was confirmed to be novel and inventive.
Following the ruling, on August 7, 2013, the State Intellectual Property Office of the People Republic of China granted Sino Legend a Chinese patent for its SL-1801 tackifier (Publication No. CN 101338013 / Patent No. ZL 200810041551.7).
In less than five years after beginning full-scale production, Sino Legend has become the largest Asian manufacturer of resins for the tire and rubber industries, holding 70 percent of the Chinese market and 30 percent share for the rest of Asia. The company is a supplier to 13 of the top 15 multinational tire companies operating in Asia, as well as to the majority of China’s domestic manufacturers.
For additional information, please visit www.SinoLegend.com.