Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group, which produces everything from Apple’s iPhone and Microsoft’s Xbox One to HP servers, has patented two data center containers, each with a different cooling system, and a system for powering containers with solar panels. In addition to manufacturing HP’s commodity x86 servers for web-scale data centers, Foxconn also produces HP’s data center modules called EcoPod. But the original design manufacturer has also been growing its own data center container business.
China continued to overshadow other countries in published patent applications, publishing 629,612 patents in 2013, which was over 200,000 more than the United States, according to Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters’ report titled Chinese Corporate Trends and Globalization for IP shows that, over a decade, the ratio of domestic to foreign applications has also shifted from just under 50% to over 75%.
Just being a Chinese-made smartphone puts Xiaomi at a branding and security deficit on the global stage, but now a legal decision in India has further stymied the company’s growth plans in the world’s second-largest nation. Xiaomi published a note on its official Indian website, stating that the company will suspend sales of Xiaomi smartphones in this country. The Delhi High Court ruled that Xiaomi infringed a patent from Ericsson and it issued an order to suspend the sales and import of Xiaomi smartphones in India.
Earlier today, a story originating on the 21st Century Business Herald went viral on Chinese tech media, reporting that Huawei and ZTE sent letters to Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo accusing them of patent infringement. Tech in Asia contacted Xiaomi and Oppo for a statement. Xiaomi says it never received such a letter. Additionally, Huawei’s head of intellectual property, Jason Ding, refuted the rumor on his Weibo account, confirming Huawei did not send the letter.
[Milan] Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang said on Thursday that the only way to ensure future technological innovation is by protecting intellectual property rights, touching on an issue important to Western countries concerned about counterfeit goods. “We must protect intellectual property rights,” Mr Li said in a speech at a Milan university before attending a Europe-Asia summit. “I’m convinced that it will make the future more prosperous for science and technology.”
A federal judge has ruled in favour of Sony Corp in a long-running case, overturning a jury verdict for L-3 Communications Corp and invalidating several parts of an image sensor patent held by the defence contractor. Judge Richard Andrews of the U.S. District Court in Delaware said the jury in 2013 was wrong to find L-3’s patent claims were not “obvious,” a key criteria to ensure an invention is sufficiently unique to be patented.
[SAN FRANCISCO] Nvidia Corp has sued rival chipmakers Qualcomm and Samsung Electronics, accusing both companies of infringing its patents on graphics processing technology. The US chipmaker vies with Qualcomm in the business of providing chips for smartphones and tablets. It said on Thursday that Qualcomm and Samsung had used Nvidia’s patented technologies without a license in Samsung’s mobile devices, including the just-launched Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge.
Apple and Samsung have agreed to call it quits on long-running patent battles in Australia and other jursidictions around the world, but continue to fight their most high-profile case over patent infringement in the United States. The companies today put out a joint statement advising of a mutual agreement to drop all litigation in courts outside the US, meaning legal battles in eight countries including Australia will now come to an end. But the pair warned the agreement “does not involve any licensing arrangements” and that the companies are “continuing to pursue the existing cases in US courts.”
NEW YORK – Microsoft sued Samsung in US federal court, claiming the South Korean giant had breached a contract over licensing of technology used in the fiercely competitive smartphone market. “After becoming the leading player in the worldwide smartphone market, Samsung decided late last year to stop complying with its agreement with Microsoft,” the US technology firm’s deputy counsel said in an online post.
BEIJING: A Beijing court has ruled against Apple Inc by upholding the validity of a patent held by a Chinese company, clearing the way for the Chinese company to continue its own case against Apple for infringing intellectual property rights. Apple had taken Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology and China’s State Intellectual Property Office to court to seek a ruling that Zhizhen’s patent rights to a speech recognition technology were invalid.
SAN JOSE, California — A California jury awarded Apple US$119 million — far less than it demanded — in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smartphone features, and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung’s patents. The verdict was a far cry from the US$2.2 billion Apple sought and the US$930 million it won in a separate 2012 trial making similar patent infringement claims against older Samsung products, most of which are no longer for sale in the United States.