Huawei smacks ZTE with patent and trademark lawsuits
Chinese whispers on foreign turf
Updated Huawei has launched patent and trademark litigation against ZTE in Germany, France and Hungary alleging that its competitor has been selling kit bearing Huawei's logo as well as using its technology.
Huawei claims that ZTE has been sticking its trademark on some data cards, as well as infringing various patents including those related to LTE (4G) technologies. Both companies are based in China, but the litigation relates to the kit sold abroad and thus protected by European laws on intellectual property.
Perhaps sensitive to the perception that Chinese companies are often rather lax regarding intellectual property, Huawei reminds us that last year it shelled out $222m in IP licence fees, and that it spent $2.5bn creating new technologies.
The company also claims to have attempted to negotiate with ZTE, initially politely and then with a series of cease-and-desist letters, none of which received any substantive response, according to Huawei. ®
Update: ZTE has declared itself "astonished" to hear such accusations from Huawei, and "absolutely rejects that there has been any patent and trademark infringement". So it looks like this one is going to run for a while.
..and so it goes
Anyone else bored of the X sues Y over IP stories? It seems to be normal business practice now.
And the funniest thing is how little ever seems to come out of those.
How many years have apple and nokia been at it and yet we've still to see any outcome (caveat emptor: If I've missed it, pls point me to a source).
Is this a case of ZTE making stuff and sticking Huawei's mark on it to rip people off, or is it a case of ZTE buying HUAWEI stuff and selling it as HUAWEI stuff?
If it is the former then Huawei should rightly crush ZTE to dust. If it is the latter, then Huawi can burn in hell along with Levis, Sony and other companies that say shops can only sell their goods with enormous mark-ups on.