SANY Responds to Allegations of Patent Infringement

Fri June 21, 2013 - National Edition

The SANY SCC8300 crawler crane.
The SANY SCC8300 crawler crane.

The following statement from SANY Heavy Industry Co. President Xiang Wenbo responds to allegations of patent infringement made by Manitowoc Cranes LLC in a federal lawsuit filed in Wisconsin and in a complaint before the U.S. International Trade Commission:

“SANY is proud of its industry-leading crane designs and the heavy equipment products and solutions we provide for our customers. The SANY SCC8500 crawler crane was developed from start to finish by SANY engineers, using our own ideas and our own technological innovations. We categorically reject the claims made by Manitowoc and stand fully behind our market-leading products. SANY will respond actively to this legal action through appropriate legal measures to protect our own intellectual property.

“We will continue to bring innovations to market, and offer choices for our customers in North America and around the world.”

Manitowoc’s complaint alleges that Sany Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. of China and Sany America, Inc. of Peachtree City, Georgia (collectively, “Sany”) unlawfully import into the U.S., sell for importation, and/or sell within the U.S. after importation certain crawler cranes and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,546,928 (the ’928 patent) and 7,967,158 (the ’158 patent) (collectively, the “asserted patents), and that were designed and manufactured using Manitowoc Cranes’ misappropriated trade secrets.