AMSC says that a Chinese court has denied a motion filed in November 2011 by Sinovel Wind Group Co. to remove a case regarding alleged software copyright infringement from the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court and transfer the matter to the Beijing Arbitration Commission.
The case – one of three filed by AMSC against Sinovel – claims that Sinovel made unauthorized use of portions of AMSC's wind turbine control software source code developed for Sinovel's 1.5 MW wind turbines and the binary code, or upper layer, of AMSC's software for its PM3000 power converters. AMSC is seeking a cease-and-desist order and damages totaling $6 million in this case.
AMSC has filed three civil lawsuits in Chinese courts against 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.
Earlier this month, a Chinese court ruled against AMSC and threw out the first and smallest of the three cases, which sought $200,000 for alleged software copyright infringement.