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.
BEIJING: China’s Huawei Technologies has taken sales of its low-price Honor brand of smartphones to 20 million from 1 million in just one year, hitting pay dirt with the disruptive online-only strategy it copied from smaller upstart Xiaomi. Given the early signs, Huawei executives hope to emulate the phenomenal growth of Xiaomi, which broke into the global top five in just a few years — a success not likely to go unnoticed by the growing ranks of low-cost Chinese smartphone makers.
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.
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court today reserved its verdict on the plea of Chinese phonemaker Shenzhen OnePlus Technology Co Ltd which has challenged the order restraining it from selling its devices in India for allegedly infringing the exclusive rights of Micromax with respect to use of Cyanogen software and trademark.
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.”