Rockwell Automation has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission claiming 15 companies unlawfully import automation systems or components that infringe upon Rockwell’s trademarks and copyrights.
Almost all of the companies named in the complaint are based in China or Hong Kong:
- Can Electric Limited of China
- Capnil (HK) Company Limited of Hong Kong
- Fractioni (Hongkong) Ltd. of China
- Fujian Dahong Trade Co., Ltd. Of China
- GreySolution Limited d/b/a Fibica of Hong Kong
- Huang Wei Feng d/b/a A-O-M Industry of China
- KBS Electronics Suzhou Co., Ltd. Of China
- PLC-VIP Shop d/b/a VIP Tech Limited of Hong Kong
- Radwell International, Inc. d/b/a PLC Center of Willingboro, New Jersey
- Shanghai EuoSource Electronic Co., Ltd. of China
- ShenZhen T-Tide Trading Co., Ltd. of China
- SoBuy Commercial (HK) Co. Limited of Hong Kong
- Suzhou Yi Micro Optical Co., Ltd. of China
- Wenzhou Sparker Group Co. Ltd. of China
- Yaspro Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. of China
The complaint accuses all of the companies of importing the products into the U.S. or selling them for importation to the U.S. All of the products are for industrial automation systems, or control systems, controllers, visualization hardware, motion or motor control systems, networking equipment, safety devices, and power supplies that infringe a wide variety of Rockwell Automation trademarks and copyrights.
The complaint specifically mentions trademark and copyright infringements on the firmware used to operate Rockwell products CompactLogix and ControlLogix controllers.
It also mentions the companies are misrepresenting themselves and have acquired Rockwell products to resell in the United States. Rockwell is currently in a lawsuit with the companies in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. It is asking the International Trade Commission to issue a permanent general exclusion order and permanent cease and desist order.
Here is the full filing by Rockwell with the International Trade Commission:
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