Feeds

Chinese gadget maker sues HP and Toshiba

In a flap over over USB patents

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Beijing-based gadget maker Aigo is suing HP and Toshiba for patents relating to USB ports.

Aigo has filed against HP in a Beijing court and against Toshiba in Xi'an. It has also written to Dell, Samsung and Sony, Global Times reports.

The company, which sponsors the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 team, is seeking one million Yuan ($146,000) compensation.

The case centres on six patents registered in China but valid worldwide.

None of the companies named would comment on the report.

Aigo makes USB Flash drives, camcorders, projectors, iPhone accessories and digital photo frames.

An HP spokeswoman said HP refutes the alleged infringement.

China has long been regarded as the bad guy over how it conforms to intellectual property laws. But it emerged this week that some "made in China" brands are now being faked elsewhere as Chinese wages and costs rise. The problem is made worse because many Chinese firms do not bother to protect their own intellectual property. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.