China Mobile Devices Alliance against Patent Lawsuit from International Giant

Bridge IP Law Commentary once posted the essay on the patent battle between HTC and Apple, with our advices and opinions attached. And the event also caught the attention of local mobile manufacturers in China. According to Nandu Daily’s latest news, to counter the possible challenge of patent lawsuit in China, ZTE, TCL, Konka and other main phone companies have formed an alliance.

China made phones are known for its high price performance and cool looking, and the android devices occupy most of the products. And just like other phone companies, China manufacturers also face the attack from Microsoft and Apple. The alliance has already participated in the lawsuit filed by Nokia against the alliance members.

What has to be acknowledged is that the total patent owned by the alliance could still not rival with those of the international giants’. While, on the other hand, the incomplete of the domestic legislature may be the safe harbor of the local companies, and the international companies have not finished their layout in China. Furthermore, the rapid technology update could also be the chance to tip the balance.

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What If the Patent Infringement Lawsuit Apple vs HTC in China?

Which Chinese authority has the jurisdiction over the patent infringement?

Recently, the International Trade Commission of United State ruled on the patent conflict between Apple and HTC, determining that HTC has infringed the No.647 patent of Apple iPhone and banning the import of HTC’s smart phone with this patent feature from 19th, April, 2012.

For the case, Bridge IP Law Commentary would like to discuss a problem that which authority shall have the jurisdiction over the conflict shall it occurred in China? In fact, there’s no similar administration like ITC in China considering the IPR conflict with foreign products involved, and the administration duty on the infringement combat mainly focuses on the fake patent, namely those products claimed being patented or claiming owning others patent. Although the administration will handle some patent conflicts of unlicensed using, the complicated dispute, like the one between Apple and HTC, is mainly handled by the court.

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Matters for Attention in the Patent Preliminary Injunction Application in China(I)

Highlight: introducing the regulations on the patent preliminary injunction in China, as well as the applicant, examination standard. Also the question of whether the injunction could be applied in the lawsuit is also discussed.

As shows in the recent released data by China Supreme Court, the newly filed and judged intellectual property cases in the period from January to October are respectively 52, 708 and 38, 682, which have increased 42.2% and 39.79% year on year. Among which the cases with injunction applied are 126, and 184 for those applied for evidence preservation before the hearing and 18 for property preservation before the hearing.(For more details, pls refer to:http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index/content/2011-11/28/content_3133300.htm?node=20908)

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Brief Introduction on the Assessment Report of Utility Models Patents in China

Highlight: Introducing what kind of role does the assessment report play in utility model patent litigation, and also we will analyze the characteristics of it.

As patent lawyers, we’re often consulted by clients that what measures could be taken to against the infringement on their patent? The answer from us is that the novelty retrieval report or patent assessment report is demanded before the utility models suits, depending on the application date. (For those utility models applied before 1st Oct. 2009, the novelty retrieval report shall be applied, while those applied after that, the assessment report shall be applied accompanied, and we will discuss the differences between the reports in other essays on the website).

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