Files civil lawsuit against Shanghai Echrom Electronic Technology Co.,
including former Agilent employees
BEIJING–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) has filed a civil lawsuit against
Shanghai Echrom Electronic Technology Co., Ltd., and several former
employees of Agilent, alleging infringement of trade secrets and
petitioning the court to stop the defendants’ use of Agilent’s
proprietary technologies. The suit also requests the court to order
compensation for Agilent’s losses.
The complaint alleges trade secrets were illegally obtained by former
employees of Agilent, who later formed Shanghai Echrom Electronic
Technology Co., Ltd., and used the illegally obtained information to
imitate an Agilent gas chromatograph.
“As a leading provider of scientific instruments and solutions for most
of the world’s 265,000 analytical laboratories, our intellectual
property is at the core of our company’s success,” said Michael Tang,
Agilent senior vice president and general counsel. “Agilent is
determined to protect our IP, and will take all appropriate legal
actions against any infringements worldwide.”
“We are encouraged by the enactment of China’s 2013 National
Intellectual Property Strategy that protects the rights of all companies
to pursue protection of intellectual property through China’s judicial
system,” Tang said.
In 1985, Agilent, through its predecessor company, Hewlett-Packard,
became the first US high-tech company to enter a joint venture in China.
It has continued to develop new technologies and products for the
worldwide and China market. Agilent is a leader on initiatives relevant
to China’s 13th Five Year Plan, such as food safety and
authenticity and solutions for air, water, and soil quality monitoring,
as well as key drug development to fight cancer and other diseases.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A), is a global leader in life
sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets. With more than 50
years of insight and innovation, our instruments, software, services,
solutions and people provide trusted answers to our customers’ most
challenging questions. The company generated revenues of $4.20 billion
in fiscal 2016 and employs about 13,000 people worldwide. Information
about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.
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