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.
Chinese authorities have asked Qualcomm to collect lower patent fees from smartphone manufacturers that deploy its technology, following an antitrust investigation that began a year ago. China’s National Development and Reform Commission may also want the U.S. vendor to unbundle its licensing agreements, reported Bloomberg citing various sources. Should Qualcomm reach an agreement, it would put an end to the year-long anti-competition probe but impact a significant revenue source.
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has set aside a previous order that barred Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus from selling handsets based on the Cyanogen operating system in India, effectively allowing the company to resume imports and sales. In a reprieve to the company, judges on Wednesday said the case “shall be heard and decided afresh”. The case will come up for hearing on January 7 under a single judge. “We dispose off the appeal, setting aside the impugned order dated December 16, 2014,” Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and RK Gauba said in their order on OnePlus’s petition, a copy of which was seen by ET.
NEW DELHI: Xiaomi says it needs to be prepared to face obstacles such as the patent infringement allegation it is fighting in India as it grows at a break-neck pace, already becoming the largest smartphone maker at home in China and the No. 3 globally. However, such issues, the company says, won’t stop it from launching products at competitive prices. The Delhi High Court had briefly stopped Xiaomi from selling devices in India on a lawsuit by Ericsson, which sought royalty for some patents that were essential to make the handsets that Xiaomi sold in India.