Monday, May 02, 2011

Shake or Crush Your Hand: Huawei versus ZTE versus Huawei

Photo: Danny Friedmann
Shake Or Crush Your Hand, you choose. 

What if you are developing a product but your competitor has patented some technology needed to achieve the technical result? And at the same time you have some patents that you know you competitor likes to use? You might consider to cross-license. However, from a patent strategy point of view, excluding your competitor from some crucial technology might be the best thing to do.

Bien Perez reports in the South China Morning Post (April 30, 2011): "Huawei had also invited ZTE on many occassions to enter into cross-patent licensing negotiations, but was unsuccessful."

Then April 28, Huawei sues ZTE in Germany, France and Hungary for alleged patent infringement related to its data card and Long Term Evolution standard (candidate for 4G mobile communication standard) technologies, and trademark infringement.

April 29, ZTE counter sues Huawei for alleged patent infringement on Long Term Evolution.

"Proxy PRC Courts" in Europe and now also China

China Hearsay's Stan Abrams is not surprised that the legal fight "in a most non-harmonious fashion" between two Chinese giants took place overseas, see here.

It is interesting that Chinese competitors fight some patent and trademark issues abroad. But I think it becomes really interesting now that ZTE has sued Huawei in China. ZTE also threaten to take a series of legal actions globally to protect its IPR rights.

UPDATE:  The Hungarian site has a picture provided by Huawei that it uses to proof that ZTE is infringing its trademark. See's article Huawei files patent, trademark lawsuits against ZTE, rival rejects charges.

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