American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) has successfully won the right to have their appeal against a Chinese provincial court decision to dismiss a lawsuit against Sinovel (SEHK: SINOVZ).

China’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by AMSC against the turbine giant, once the US company’s biggest customer. The action centres on theft of wind turbine IP by a former employee of the US company in Austria, allegedly at the behest of Sinovel.
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The Supreme Court will review earlier decisions by two lower courts in Hainan province that upheld Sinovel’s request to have dismissed on grounds of jurisdiction a copyright infringement case brought against it by AMSC, according to the latter.

According to Recharge News, the US company told investors: “The Supreme Court has stated that, until the jurisdiction opposition is reviewed, the decision by the Hainan No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court to dismiss this case has been stayed. The date for this Supreme Court review has yet to be determined.”

AMSC is seeking a cease and desist order as well as damages of about $200,000, making it the smallest of the four legal actions in which  the US supplier is embroiled in China with Sinovel.

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