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Manitowoc receives favorable intial determination in Sany patent infringement lawsuit

7/23/2014

The United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) has issued an initial determination in a patent infringement and trade secrets case filed by Manitowoc against Sany Heavy Industries and Sany America. On July 14, 2014, ITC Administrative Law Judge David P. Shaw issued a notice of the Initial Determination (“ID”) (dated July 11, 2014) in Certain Crawler Cranes and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-887).

The investigation is based on a June 12, 2013 Complaint filed by Complainant Manitowoc Cranes, LLC (“Manitowoc”) alleging violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act by Respondents Sany Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. and Sany America, Inc. in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain crawler cranes and components that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,546,928 (the ‘928 patent) and 7,967,158, and that were designed and manufactured using Manitowoc Cranes’ misappropriated trade secrets.

According to the notice, the Judge determined that Sany violated Section 337. Specifically, the Judge determined that Manitowoc demonstrated that “certain accused products infringe claims of the ‘928 patent,” and that Sany engaged in the “misappropriation of certain asserted trade secrets” owned by Manitowoc.

Manitowoc is pleased by the Judge’s favorable ruling and looks forward to receiving the Commission’s final order later this year. The notice issued by the Judge released only limited information. The company will provide additional information once the public version of the Final Initial Determination is issued.
About The Manitowoc Company, Inc.
Founded in 1902, The Manitowoc Company, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of cranes and lifting solutions with manufacturing, distribution, and service facilities in 20 countries. In the United States, the Grove, Manitowoc, National Crane, Potain and Shuttlelift brands are sold and serviced by Grove US, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Manitowoc Company, Inc. In 2018, Manitowoc’s net sales totaled $1.8 billion, with over half generated outside the United States.
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