China's Supreme People's Court Decides in Favor of AMSC on Jurisdictional Matters

China's Supreme People's Court Decides in Favor of AMSC on Jurisdictional

DEVENS, Mass., Feb. 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AMSC (Nasdaq:AMSC), a global
solutions provider serving wind and power grid industry leaders, today
announced that China's Supreme People's Court has decided in favor of AMSC on
the jurisdiction of AMSC's two software copyright infringement cases against
Sinovel Wind Group, Ltd. (Sinovel) and Guotong Electric (Guotong). The Supreme
People's Court ruled that the cases will be heard as copyright infringement
cases separate from the commercial arbitration claims. The cases will be heard
independently in their respective court systems.

These are two of the four legal cases that AMSC brought against Sinovel in
late 2011 regarding Sinovel's contractual breaches and AMSC's discovery of
intellectual property theft by Sinovel. AMSC is also engaged in a commercial
arbitration case and a trade secrets case against Sinovel in China.

Background on Beijing Civil Case

In September 2011, AMSC filed a civil action with the Beijing No. 1
Intermediate People's Court that alleges Sinovel's unauthorized copying and
use of portions of AMSC's wind turbine control software developed for
Sinovel's 1.5 MW wind turbines and the binary code, or upper layer, of AMSC's
software for its PM3000 power converters. In this case, AMSC is seeking a
cease and desist order and damages totaling US$6 million. In November 2011,
Sinovel filed a motion to remove this case from the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate
People's Court and transfer the matter to the Beijing Arbitration Commission.
The court denied Sinovel's motion to remove the case. Sinovel filed an appeal
of that decision to the Beijing Higher People's Court, and the Beijing Higher
People's Court supported the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court's
ruling and rejected Sinovel's appeal. Sinovel then filed an appeal of that
decision with China's Supreme People's Court. The Supreme People's Court has
ruled to uphold the Beijing Higher People's Court ruling that the dispute
shall be heard by the court. AMSC will now await a hearing date from the
Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court.

Background on Hainan Civil Case

In September 2011, AMSC also filed a copyright case against Sinovel and
Guotong Electric with the Hainan No. 1 Intermediate People's Court. In this
case, AMSC is seeking a cease and desist order as well as damages totaling
approximately US$200,000, making this the smallest of AMSC's legal actions
against Sinovel. In this case, Sinovel filed a jurisdiction opposition motion
in December 2011 requesting that the Hainan No. 1 Intermediate People's Court
dismiss AMSC's case against Sinovel, saying the case should be governed by the
Beijing Arbitration Commission pursuant to the terms of component contracts
between AMSC and Sinovel. Not only did the court grant Sinovel's motion, but
also it dismissed the cases against both Sinovel and Guotong. AMSC appealed
the dismissal to the Hainan Higher People's Court, which on April 5, 2012
upheld the decision of the Hainan No. 1 Intermediate People's Court. AMSC then
filed an appeal of that decision with China's Supreme People's Court. The
Supreme People's Court overturned the previous two rulings made by the Hainan
No. 1 Intermediate People's Court and Hainan Higher People's Court and has
ruled that the case will be heard by the court. AMSC will now await a hearing
date from Hainan No. 1 Intermediate People's Court.


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AMSC provides wind turbine electronic controls and systems, designs and
engineering services that reduce the cost of wind energy. Through its Gridtec™
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systems that optimize network reliability, efficiency and performance. The
company's solutions are now powering gigawatts of renewable energy globally
and enhancing the performance and reliability of power networks in more than a
dozen countries. Founded in 1987, AMSC is headquartered near Boston,
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         Kerry Farrell
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