Sany Group

Industry sector: Heavy equipment

Headquarters: Changsha

Sany Group’s IP function has been particularly busy of late, thanks to an extensive international expansion programme which required it to ensure that the company’s products enjoy adequate protection in new markets. Before attending exhibitions in Germany in 2010, for example, the team conducted thorough patent risk analysis and submitted non-infringement statements to the German courts in relation to products that might potentially trigger a dispute; the tactic proved highly effective and has since been adopted by other Chinese companies. In 2012, Sany acquired a 90% stake in German concrete pump manufacturer Putzmeister, further consolidating its position in the market in a deal which also involved a significant IP element.

Smiles all round for the Sany IP team

International expansion means a growing workload