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Inventor sues HDB over design of external clothes drying rack

Published on Jul 23, 2014 9:54 AM
 
Clothes drying at a block of flats. A local inventor has sued the Housing Board, claiming it has infringed his patent for an external clothes drying rack. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

A local inventor has sued the Housing Board, claiming it has infringed his patent for an external clothes drying rack.

But HDB has denied the allegations of Mr Yiap Hang Boon, saying that it had developed its own racks through an internal review in 2000, even before he filed his first patent.

The Housing Board also contends that Mr Yiap, 54, who has alleged patent infringement since 2001 but filed his suit only last year, is barred from bringing the lawsuit as he has passed the statutory time limit.

HDB has counter-sued to revoke Mr Yiap's patent.

 
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