American firm Lifetime Products Inc. has taken another action in its long-running campaign to target alleged violators of its intellectual property, this time stopping a shipment of Chinese-made tables and chairs with its name and logo bound for the Philippines.
Lifetime, which claims to be the world's largest maker of polyethylene folding tables, said in a May 24 statement that Chinese authorities, acting on information from Lifetime, detained a container shipment from Hangzhou Xiaoshan Dadongnan Packing Plastic Co. Ltd.
“Based on that evidence, and at Lifetime's request, Chinese authorities conducted an inspection of the factory believed to be producing the goods, seizing additional infringing products from the factory,” according to Lifetime.
China's Administration of Industry and Commerce is now conducting an investigation to determine what action to take against Dadongnan, which also goes by the name of Zhejiang Lifan Furniture Co. Ltd., Lifetime said. Dadongnan is based in Hangzhou, China.
Dadongnan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Clearfield, Utah-based Lifetime also said it worked with authorities in the Philippines to take action against the retailer Cost U Less Trade Ventures for allegedly selling products in that country that illegally used the Lifetime trademark.
The American firm said it contacted the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation, using information from a separate in- vestigation in Manila, and the NBI raided Cost U Less, removing 297 folding tables and chairs.
Lifetime said NBI is continuing its investigation of Cost U Less Trade Ventures.
Lifetime has filed more than 20 lawsuits around the world, including in the United States and Australia, and last year brought its first court case in China, against several firms in the city of Hangzhou and in the Zhejiang province.