OREANDA-NEWS. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that it has reached a settlement with Pearl GmbH concerning the distribution of its hand dryers. Mitsubishi Electric had claimed that a specific PEARL hand dryer sold in Europe (the Sichler H?ndetrockner NX-5125) infringed its intellectual property rights, based on EU Registered Community Design No. 001811746-0001, which protects the appearance of hand dryers.

In the settlement, Pearl agreed to discontinue the sale of the Sichler H?ndetrockner NX-5125 in Europe and to dispose of all remaining products in infringement.

Mitsubishi Electric has also filed intellectual property right infringement lawsuits in China against Taizhou Dihour Electrical Appliances Co., Ltd., a hand dryer manufacturer, and its sales subsidiary, Shanghai Jiecheng Electrical Appliances Co., Ltd., demanding that they stop manufacturing and selling hand dryers alleged to be in infringement.