Xiaomi beefs up its patent portfolio amid legal troubles in India

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.

http://mis-asia.com/mgmt/legal/xiaomi-beefs-up-its-patent-portfolio-amid-legal-troubles-in-india/

Chinese phone maker threatens legal action against Polaroid for ripping off rotating camera design

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.

https://www.techinasia.com/oppo-threatens-legal-action-polaroid-ripping-rotating-camera-design/

Qualcomm asked to lower patent fees amid China’s antitrust probe

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.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/qualcomm-asked-to-lower-patent-fees-amid-antitrust-probe/

Delhi High Court lifts ban on sale of OnePlus handsets

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.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/delhi-high-court-lifts-ban-on-sale-of-oneplus-handsets/articleshow/45632247.cms

Xiaomi: Patent issue to have no impact on pricing

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.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Xiaomi-Patent-issue-to-have-no-impact-on-pricing/articleshow/45627063.cms

Copying Xiaomi’s strategy pays Huawei

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.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Copying-Xiaomis-strategy-pays-Huawei/articleshow/45627014.cms

Patent issue won’t affect our product launches: Xiaomi India head Manu Jain

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.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/patent-issue-wont-affect-our-product-launches-xiaomi-india-head-manu-jain/articleshow/45623438.cms

OnePlus-Micromax dispute: HC reserves verdict

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.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/oneplus-micromax-dispute-hc-reserves-verdict/articleshow/45617502.cms

Taiwan’s Foxconn Patents Solar-Powered Data Center Container

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.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2014/12/15/foxconn-patents-solar-powered-data-center-container/

China rises as a patent giant

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%.

http://enterpriseinnovation.net/article/china-rises-patent-giant-1342529662

China’s Xiaomi Faces International Expansion Setback

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.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/12/15/21258-chinas-xiaomi-faces-international-expansion-setback

No, Huawei and ZTE did not accuse Xiaomi of patent infringement

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.

https://www.techinasia.com/huawei-zte-accuse-xiaomi-patent-infringement/

Chinese PM says intellectual property rights must be protected

[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.”

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/technology/chinese-pm-says-intellectual-property-rights-must-be-protected

Sony thrashes military defence contractor in court

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.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/09/15/Sony-prevails-in-patent-suit-battle-with-defense-contractor-L3/

Nvidia sues Qualcomm, Samsung over graphics patents

[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.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/breaking-news/technology/nvidia-sues-qualcomm-samsung-over-graphics-patents-20140905

Apple, Samsung end Australian patent battle

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.”

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390728,apple-samsung-end-australian-patent-battle.aspx

Microsoft sues Samsung in US, alleging contract breach

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.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423723/microsoft-sues-samsung-in-us-alleging-contract-breach

Apple loses China patent case, separate suit against Apple continues

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.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/07/09/Apple-loses-China-patent-case-separate-suit-against-Apple-continues/

Jury awards Apple US$119 mil., says Samsung infringed patents

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.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/05/04/406871/Jury-awards.htm