AMSC provided an update regarding its legal actions in China. As previously reported, AMSC has filed for arbitration and has filed three civil lawsuits in the Chinese courts against Sinovel Wind Group Co., Ltd. (Sinovel) and companies related to Sinovel. In total, AMSC is seeking to recover more than $1.2 billion for contracted shipments and damages from Sinovel in these cases, which stem from Sinovel’s contractual breaches in March 2011 and AMSC’s discovery of intellectual property theft by Sinovel employees in June 2011.
The smallest of the civil cases is a copyright infringement complaint filed with the Hainan Province Number 1 Intermediate People’s Court case against Sinovel and Dalian Guotong Electric Co., Ltd. (Guotong), a company related to Sinovel. Guotong is a supplier of power converter products to Sinovel. AMSC has compiled and presented to the Hainan court evidence demonstrating that its copyrighted software is being infringed by Sinovel and Guotong. AMSC is seeking a cease and desist order and damages totaling approximately $200,000 in this case.