(Yicai Global) Sept. 7 -- American gym equipment maker Hoist Fitness Systems has requested a Section 337 investigation into Chinese counterpart Shandong Relax Health Industry, which exports similar goods to the United States.
Section 337 probes generally involve allegations of patent or trademark infringements by imported goods, according to the US International Trade Commission, which published Hoist’s complaint online on Sept. 5.
Hoist recommended that Relax Health be a proposed respondent for the complaint, which charges that certain strength-training systems and components exported to the US breach its patent rights. The complainant is no stranger to the courtroom and has previously accused multiple companies, including TuffStuff Fitness, Health in Motion, Inspire Fitness and Sunset Swings, of violating its intellectual property rights.
The allegation is the second of its kind in the space of just over a week. American Autel Robotics made a similar claim on Aug. 30, accusing Chinese drone giant Dajiang Innovations, or DJI, of infringing its patents for unmanned aerial vehicles and their components when exporting to the States. Autel wants to see the firm hit with limited exclusion and cease and desist orders.
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