Kaneka Has Filed a Trade Mark Infringement Lawsuit in the Field of Flame Retardant Products against Rivals in the United Kingdom
July 26, 2011
announced today that it has filed a trade mark infringement lawsuit on 22 July 2011 in the
High Court of England and Wales in London, Case No. Hc11C02519.
Kaneka’s lawsuit accuses Future Garments Limited and Eurox (UK) Limited of infringing
Kaneka’s registered UK and European Community trade marks for PROTEX® (UK1455980 and
Kaneka Corporation is the global leader in high quality, flame retardant fibre and PROTEX® is
the registered trade mark of specialised modacrylic fibre produced by Kaneka Corporation.
PROTEX® fibre is enhanced flame retardant fibre that, when mixed with cotton, polyester and
other conventional fibres, improves flame retardancy while at the same time retaining original
fibre characteristics of softness and natural appearance. Today, PROTEX® fibre is a primary
material in the protective clothing, bedding, upholstery, drapery and sleepwear.
The new lawsuit continues Kaneka’s worldwide enforcement policy for the protection of its
intellectual property rights. “Kaneka has been the leading developer of many innovative and
cutting edge improvements in the production and quality of flame retardant fibres,” said Mr.
Hidesuke Amachi, General Manager of Kanekalon Division at Kaneka. He added: “Kaneka will
vigorously defend these rights and will not hesitate to initiate court proceedings to protect its
intellectual property.” Mr. Amachi emphasised that “Kaneka’s goal is to protect the results of its
research and development and to avoid the unauthorised use of its innovations.”