Samsung Electronics said Thursday it owns the largest number of patent rights essential for long-term evolution (LTE) technology in the world. The world’s leading smartphone maker said on its official blog “Samsung Tomorrow” that it has more than 3,600 standard essential patents (SEP) for the LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology, citing a 2014 report by Taiwan’s intellectual property office. That is 17 percent of all LTE-related SEPs.
The patent dispute with rival Apple has strengthened Samsung Electronics’ innovation drive, according to industry experts and Samsung officials. ”Although U.S. federal Judge Lucy Koh is not likely to overturn the jury verdict awarding Apple $1 billion in damages, Samsung is changing already and will change more,’’ said Song Jong-ho, a senior analyst at KDB Daewoo Securities, Sunday.
In what comes across as a pleasant surprise for Android users, a patent application filed last week under the American law reveals that Samsung is aggressively working on a device that will allow users to switch between Android and Microsoft Windows on their smartphones. The idea of being able to use smartphones like desktops and laptops has long been a fascination of gadget freaks across the globe. In fact, according to reports on Geek, both Microsoft and Canonical have been aggressively working on the idea, where it will be possible for smartphone users to get a desktop working experience through their mobiles itself.
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO: Apple was handed a mixed ruling by a US appeals court in the latest twist in a blockbuster intellectual property battle with Samsung Electronics, as a prior patent infringement verdict was upheld but a trademark finding that the iPhone’s appearance could be protected was thrown out. That means up to 40% of a $930 million verdict which had been won by Apple must be reconsidered.
BEIJING: China’s leading telecom equipment manufacturer, ZTE Corp, was ranked third globally in patent applications, the company said citing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). More than 12,000 handset-related patents have been granted to ZTE. They hold 13% of the world’s 4G-specific patents. The company was ranked third under the 2014 Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Among all Chinese cellphone companies in the US market, ZTE has the biggest market share, and one of the four most popular brands in the market, according to the company, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Beijing Higher People’s Court explained why it asked a Chinese government agency to review a company’s voice recognition patent validity, which has a dispute with Apple. On Tuesday, the court ruled in favor of Apple for a patent case. It said the voice recognition patent of Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology should be declared invalid and asked the Patent Review Committee under the State Intellectual Property Office to review it.
Express Mobile, an information technology company in the U.S., has sued China’s Alibaba for patent infringement. According to Express Mobile, the company filed the patent infringement lawsuit against the Alibaba Group in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. In the statement, Express Mobile accused Alibaba for infringing its patent related to the development of platform independent websites. The involved patent record number is 6,546,397.
BEIJING: Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd became the world’s No. 1 applicant for international patents in 2014, a United Nations agency said, underscoring the innovative strides made by Chinese technology companies. Huawei was followed by San Diego-based chipmaker Qualcomm Inc while Huawei’s crosstown rival ZTE Corp, which was the world’s leading applicant in 2012, took third place in its number of filings, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft Corp sued Kyocera Corp for patent infringement, alleging the Japanese company’s Duraforce, Hydro and Brigadier cell phone lines violate seven Microsoft patents. Microsoft asked a Seattle federal judge to impose a US sales injunction against Kyocera’s infringing products, according to the lawsuit. A Kyocera representative could not immediately be reached for comment.
Singapore has won praise for creating a robust environment where intellectual property (IP) rights are protected and enforced. The republic has been ranked No. 5 among 30 economies assessed by the Global Intellectual Property Centre (GIPC), part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that manages IP-related issues. It scored 25.38 points out of a possible 30 in the International IP Index, behind the U.S. — which topped the list at 28.53 points — Britain, Germany and France.
BARCELONA: China’s Huawei Technologies , the world’s second-biggest maker of network gear, is beefing up its patent portfolio ahead of 5G, the next generation of mobile equipment, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Huawei, also the world’s fourth-largest maker of smartphones, has said it plans to spend US$600 million on 5G wireless research and development from 2013 to 2018. But speaking to reporters at the Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, Huawei Chief Executive Ken Hu said that 5G research spending was likely to rise, without giving specific figures.
Today is a red letter day in India for Chinese smartphone-makers: Xiaomi has flash sales for both 16GB and 64GB variants of its flagship killer Mi4 at 5pm India time. And OnePlus has a 24-hours open sale, where you don’t need an invite to buy 16 GB and 64 GB variants of OnePlus One, temptingly priced lesser than their Mi4 counterparts.
NEW DELHI: Xiaomi will be taking legal action against websites selling its phones illegally and infringing on the company’s trademark in India where the Chinese handset maker has an ongoing patent dispute with Ericsson. The Swedish telecom equipment maker had alleged earlier this month that Xiaomi was selling Mediatek-powered smartphones through Xiaomishop.com, in violation of an interim order of the Delhi High Court that allowed the company to only sell Qualcomm chipset smartphones.
SHANGHAI: Bill Gates, Microsoft Corp’s former CEO, met with China’s technology minister this week, said a Friday statement on the ministry website, days after U.S. tech groups expressed concerns over Chinese regulation damaging their businesses. In the meeting with China’s Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang, in which Gates was representing the philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the two discussed cooperating on technology and “innovative development”, Friday’s statement said.
BEIJING: Last summer, lawyers from Chinese telecoms gear maker ZTE Corp began writing to half a dozen local handset makers it believed used its patents. Its message was simple: it’s time to pay up. ZTE’s efforts to collect patent royalties – months ahead of Qualcomm Inc’s China antitrust settlement this week, according to people with knowledge of the matter – shows how that deal has already changed the way China’s booming smartphone industry does business.
NEW DELHI: India plays a key role in the development of new products and solutions at networking giant Cisco with its Bangalore unit filing over 800 patents till date, a senior executive said. The US-based firm spent about USD 6.3 billion or 13.4 per cent of FY2014 revenues on R&D globally. “From being a centre for cost advantage to a skill pool, India has today become a centre of innovation for us. The impact that India is creating is phenomenal and every solution that we have, India has an imprint on it,” Cisco Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer Pankaj Patel told PTI.
Cambodia and Singapore signed an agreement last week to allow companies and individuals who register their ideas for patent protection in either country to have them recognized by both. Cham Prasidh, minister of industry and handicrafts, and Tan Yih San, chief executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday that will see mutual recognition of patents and industrial designs registered in either country, IPOS said in a press release Friday.
NEW DELHI: Swedish telecom firm Ericsson has claimed in Delhi High Court that Chinese mobile phone maker Xiaomi Technology is violating its interim order by selling handsets which do not have chipsets of Qualcomm Incorporated. The counsel for Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson told Justice Jayant Nath that Xiaomi was violating a division bench order of the court, allowing the Chinese company to sell and import till today (February 5) only those handsets which have Qualcomm processors.
As Xiaomi faces a patent battle in India over its smartphones, the fast-rising company is trying to bulk up its patent portfolio in China and elsewhere. “A lot of people think that Xiaomi doesn’t respect technological innovation, and that Xiaomi has no patents,” said the company’s CEO Lei Jun on Thursday. “I think everyone misunderstands.” During his product announcement revealing a new phone, Xiaomi’s CEO said that it had applied for 2,318 patents last year, 665 of them outside of China.
In an ironic twist, a Chinese smartphone maker has all but accused an American brand of infringing on its patents. Shenzhen-based Oppo is now weighing the possibility of filing a lawsuit against Polaroid for the latter’s new phone unveiled at CES last week. The Polaroid Selfie touts a rotating camera, which “has a remarkably similar design to the patented rotating camera phone Oppo N1,” according to a statement from Oppo.