Sohu IT, 11/30/12
Shanghai-based software developer Ruichuang Network Technology's 2345.com website yesterday announced that it has reached a mediated settlement in Microsoft's IPR infringement suit, agreeing to issue a public apology and pay RMB 36 mln compensation. Microsoft originally sought RMB 100 mln in damages.
Editor’s Note: Microsoft accused Ruichang of IPR infringement earlier this year, suing Ruichang, company president Han Meng, and VP Han Hongchang for alleged illegal online circulation of licensed Microsoft software. Microsoft alleged that the pirated software attracted over 32 mln clicks and was downloaded 11.32 mln times, and that Ruichange also circulated 1.28 mln pirated discs. Because the infringement charges could also constitute a criminal offence, the Pudong New District Procuratorate has filed a lawsuit against Han Meng and Han Hongchang in Pudong District People’s Court, which is currently hearing criminal charges against the two defendants. Microsoft’s lawsuit has been concluded.