Chinese metrology machine manufacturer fined for installing used Navitar microscope lenses

Ningbo Xinyue Instrument Co., Ltd, a Chinese manufacturer of metrology inspection machines, has been fined RMB 10,000 by the Ningbo Beilun District Bureau of Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC) for installing used Navitar optics after having previously advertised that its machines included Navitar trademarked video microscope lenses.

Jul 30th, 2014
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Ningbo Xinyue Instrument Co., Ltd, a Chinese manufacturer of metrology inspection machines, has been fined RMB 10,000 by the Ningbo Beilun District Bureau of Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC) for installing used Navitar optics after having previously advertised that its machines included Navitar trademarked video microscope lenses.

Ningbo Xinyue Instrument Co., Ltd received a Notice of Administrative Punishment on June 16, with the AIC notifying the company that it violated Paragraph One of Article 9 of the Anti-unfair Competition Law of the PRC: [Businesses shall not use advertisement or other methods to falsely propagandize the quality, composition, function, usage, producer, time of efficacy and place of origin and cause misunderstanding], as well as Item One of Article 56 of the Circular Economy Promotion Law of PRC [Selling recycled electrical and electronic products without the label of recycled product].

"The recent discovery of second-hand Navitar lenses being installed into equipment advertised as new proved to us that our actions against these companies are crucial in protecting our company’s reputation, and to safeguard consumers at all levels from being cheated and misled," said Julian Goldstein, Navitar’s President.

He added, "Navitar and our attorneys, Kangda Law Firm in Shanghai, have several other pending legal actions in China against local Chinese manufacturing firms and their individual owners. The Chinese government is taking our fight against intellectual property infringement very seriously. To date, Navitar has been very satisfied with the response of the various Chinese government agencies that we and our attorneys have dealt with. We hope that our case will be a guiding model for other American companies on how to protect their legal interests when doing business with China."

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