Kettle company wins plagiarism case in China

The world’s leading producer of electric kettle components has won an intellectual property rights case in China.
Isle of Man company Strix, which manufactures in Guangzhou in China, took two Chinese companies to court in Beijing for copying its thermostatic controls, which turn an electric kettle off after it has boiled.

The case resulted in Zhejiang Jiatai Electrical Appliance Manufacturing and Leqing Fada Electrical Appliance having to pay damages and to undertake to stop plagiarising the components.

Strix says that the outcome of the case was “unprecedented” in China’s small appliances industry.

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