Hon Hai tops Taiwan’s invention patent applicant list

TaiwanWant China Times — Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (Foxconn), the world’s largest contract electronics maker, was the largest invention patent applicant in Taiwan in the third quarter of this year, according to the Intellectual Property Office under the country’s Ministry of Economic Affairs.


Taiwan ranks among top 5 nations in US patents

TaiwanTaiwan Today — Taiwan ranks fifth globally in the number of patents acquired in the U.S., according to a technological competitiveness report published Oct. 13 by Taipei City-based National Applied Research Laboratories. For the period 2009 to 2013, Taiwan obtained more than 40,000 patents in the U.S., or 3.62 percent of the total number granted.


India: Revised patent norms for software could impact tech start-ups

IndiaDeal Street Asia — Srikant Sreenivasan, co-founder at Mumbai-based cloud technology company CloudLeap Computing Pvt. Ltd, spent four months re-engineering something his company had already built after realizing that they had unknowingly infringed on a patent filed by a multinational company. CloudLeap had to reinvent the wheel since it was catering to clients in the US, where the patent law protects all software, unlike in India, where software was so far patented only if it was used in conjunction with an embedded chip or system.


China’s Xiaomi will strengthen IP ahead of US entry

ChinaThe Star — BEIJING: Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc is strengthening its patents in preparation for its entry into the US market, head of international operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg Television, without offering a time table. The company has already encountered intellectual property hurdles in India, where a patent infringement complaint from telecom equipment giant Ericsson briefly halted sales of its handsets late last year.


Xiaomi publishes 9 smart car patents, will not make cars

ChinaWant China Times — China’s leading smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi, has had nine patents related to its new smart vehicle venture published recently through China’s national patent system. The company has clarified that is aiming to develop the “internet of vehicles” but will not itself manufacture the vehicles, reports Beijing-based news agency Caixin Online.


Are Chinese phone brands on the edge of a patent war?

ChinaWith the removal of the restriction imposed by Qualcomm, a renowned Chinese mobile-phone brand will sue a domestic peer for patent infringement, likely heralding a litany of patent litigations in the Chinese mobile-phone industry, pointed out Wang Yianhui, secretary general of Chinese Mobile-Phone League, according to China Business News. The patent war appears to be inevitable, as Qualcomm, under pressure from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), no longer requires its Chinese customers to license their patents, free of charge, to Qualcomm and pledge not to charge Qualcomm’s other local customers for the use of their patents.


Samsung owns most essential patents on LTE

KoreaSamsung 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.


Patent war pushes Samsung’s innovation

KoreaThe 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.


Samsung Patent News: Samsung Files New Patent That Will Make Android Smartphones Work Like Windows Laptop

KoreaIn 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.


Samsung’s $930 million fine to be cut in Apple patent case

KoreaNEW 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.


Chinese company ZTE among world’s top patent holders

ChinaBEIJING: 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.


Court details why it sided with Apple in Siri patent case

ChinaBeijing 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.


China’s Alibaba Sued For Patent Infringement In U.S.

ChinaExpress 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.


Huawei filed most patents in 2014: WIPO

ChinaBEIJING: 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).


Microsoft sues Kyocera over cell phones, seeks ban

JapanSAN 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 is ranked No. 5 in world for IP protection

SingaporeSingapore 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.

Huawei bumps up patent portfolio as 5G era draws near – CEO

ChinaBARCELONA: 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.


Smartphone shootout in India today: Xiaomi Mi4 goes head-to-head with OnePlus One

IndiaToday 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.


Xiaomi to take legal action against websites selling its phones illegally, from IN

IndiaNEW 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.


Bill Gates meets with China technology minister: Ministry

ChinaSHANGHAI: 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.