ROGERS, Conn. (Oct. 26, 2010)—Rogers Corp. has won a legal battle with a Chinese company it charged was using its Poron tradename improperly to describe their goods.
Rogers, which didn't name the infringer, said the company failed to respond to several “cease and desist” communications, and Rogers sued the firm in a local Chinese court.
According to Rogers, the infringer claimed the Poron mark had become generic for urethane foam materials but, after evidence was presented by both parties, the trial court sided with Rogers and denied the defendant's claim. The Chinese court ordered the defendant to pay damages and court costs to Rogers and cease the infringement immediately.
Rogers said an appeal was filed by the defendant. In a mediation overseen by a China appeals court, the Chinese company agreed to cease infringement of Rogers' proprietary rights in the registered Poron trademark, and to pay damages to Rogers including litigation fees.