TOA Corporation Wins Design Rights Infringement Lawsuit over ER-1000 Personal PA System

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September 13, 2012

TOA Corporation Wins Design Rights Infringement Lawsuit over ER-1000 Personal PA System

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TOA Corporation Wins Design Rights Infringement Lawsuit over ER-1000 Personal PA System

TOA Corporation (Headquarters: Kobe City; President: Kenji Itani ;herein "TOA") hereby announces that it has won its lawsuit in China against Shenzhen Qili Electronic Co., Ltd. ("Qili Electronic") concerning infringement of the design rights of the Hands-free Megaphone.


ER-1000 Personal PA System, has been sold primarily in Japan since April 2008. The main unit is fitted on the user's waist, and the user's voice is amplified with a headset microphone, without requiring the use of hands. It is a very convenient product, and no other company offers a product with similar characteristics or design. ER-1000 Personal PA System has been highly acclaimed since its launch.


On March 8, 2011, TOA filed a lawsuit in the Shenzhen, Guangdong district court against Qili Electronic, which was manufacturing and selling counterfeit ER-1000 Personal PA System, primarily in China; the lawsuit sought suspension of acts of design rights infringement. On May 8, 2012, the district court recognized TOA's assertions, and issued a judgment ordering Qili Electronic to immediately suspend production, sale, and licensing of the infringing products. Qili Electronic will not appeal the decision, which has thus become final.


Going forward, TOA Group will continue to value intellectual property rights as critical assets, taking legal and other appropriate measures against the production and sale of counterfeit products in order to ensure the safety and peace of mind of our customers.


Overview of Target Product

Product name: ER-1000 Personal PA System
Relevant design rights in this case: China design registration No. 200830126587.6
*Product information web page: https://www.toa.jp/news/product_news/090327.html


ER-1000 Personal PA System


Image ER-1000 Personal PA System


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Hands-free Megaphones

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