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December 19, 2012

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Court decision on vacating the invalidation decision relating to the Patent (title: connectors used on cards) of Alps Electric in China

Alps Electric (Head office: Ota-ku Tokyo, President and Representative Director Toshihiro Kuriyama) brought a suit before Beijing High People’s Court claiming to vacate the invalidation decision relating to the Patent (title: connectors used on cards, Patent Number: ZL02141063.1) in China. After hearing the case for vacating the examination decision through September, 2012, the Court has fully upheld Alps’ arguments, and rendered a decision in favor of our company of Alps.
 This court decision, by its legal effect, has acknowledged what Alps has alleged is correct.

Our company has instituted an administrative proceeding against Dongguan Shang Twun Electronics Co., Ltd. with the Intellectual Property Office in Guangdong Province of China, claiming the latter infringing the patent titled as “connectors used on cards” and requesting an injunction order for the accused infringer to stop manufacturing and selling the patented product. Guangdong intellectual property office also conducted an on-site inspection of the work plant of Dongguan Shang Twun Electronics Co., Ltd. on August 20, 2009.

After that, Dongguan Shang Twun Electronics Co., Ltd. etc. contended that the patent was invalid and we argued against this allegation. Beijing High People’s Court has upheld Alps Electric arguments on September 14, 2012, and vacated the invalidation decision of Patent Reexamination Board of the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO). Further the court remanded the case back to the Patent Reexamination Board of SIPO for retrial.

As an electronic component manufacturer, Alps Electric has global operations and has developed microSIM which is necessarily used in smart mobile and connectors which are applied on cards of next generation UHS-II. Our company has filed and obtained several thousands of patents all over the world. While fully respecting the intellectual property rights of other companies, Alps will enforce our IP rights against any unauthorized use and exploit of our patents and trademarks.

About Alps Electric Co., Ltd.

Alps Electric (Tokyo: 6770) is a leading global manufacturer of high-quality electronic components for mobile devices, home electronics, vehicles and industrial equipment. With the philosophy of “Perfecting the Art of Electronics” Alps Electric supplies over 40,000 different components to about 2,000 companies all over the world. For more information, visit http://www.alps.com.