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Alliance forms among Chinese companies to fight patent trolling from Apple, Microsoft, & Nokia

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Alliance forms among Chinese companies to fight patent trolling from Apple, Microsoft, & Nokia
With China set to outperform the US as the world’s largest smartphone market, international industry tycoons such as Apple, Microsoft, and Nokia are looking to China as their next target for market growth. Chinese handset manufactures are well aware of the tactics typically used by these giants to strong arm their way into a territory and are starting to mount a defense to protect their interests.

Lenovo, ZTE, TCL, Coolpad, and Konka have formed an alliance in order to collectively “lawyer-up” when potential patent infringements lawsuits strike. Sources have drawn attention to the fact that companies like Huawei, who was previously a target of one of Microsoft’s threats, and ZTE own numerous wireless communications patents and would be able to present a surmountable defense, even in the face of international giants such as Microsoft, Apple, and Nokia.

Perhaps just the forming of this alliance will make some companies think twice before pulling the trigger on a patent war in China, but if history is any indication of the future, Chinese vendors will most likely find themselves defending their interests in the near future.

source: DigiTimes via BGR

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posted on 30 Dec 2011, 12:36 9

1. dsDoan (Posts: 216; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Is it bad that I support these Chinese manufacturers in this situation, over two large American corporations?

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 12:44 8

2. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Clever people
Very good idea
Enough of Microsoft and apple practises
Better products are coming from Korea and China

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 14:21 4

6. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


Better products NEVER come from China. They make and sell junk, it's just very cheap.

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 15:04 4

9. metoyou (Posts: 277; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I guess your household items is not cheap but do come from China? might as well check out your shoes it could be a cheap one from China
Peace!

posted on 31 Dec 2011, 10:34 1

14. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the iphone is made in china. in some of the worst conditions.

posted on 01 Jan 2012, 18:45

18. thebikerboi2 (Posts: 144; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


thats only beause the factory makes the conditions worse

posted on 31 Dec 2011, 14:37

15. Shangri-La (Posts: 49; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


yes indeed they make and sell junk, to..... the great U..S...A.. !!

lulz

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 13:06 5

3. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Point for China

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 13:13 4

4. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


the UTF: United troll front. This is good, maybe it will teach them to invent things instead of just sueing everyone.

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 13:43 2

5. nuadar1 (Posts: 24; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


There is literally zero chance of some larger company trying to sue chinese companies on they're own ground...Chine doesn't give a flying f*ck about some stupid patent dispute...however China does care about chinese companies...

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 14:29 2

7. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


When a company applies for patents, they do so in each country where their products will be sold. China doesn't care about U.S. patents but they certainly care about Chinese ones, which is what any lawsuit will involve. Apple/Microsoft hold many patents in many countries, which is why they're able to frivolously sue in all those places.

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 15:00 2

8. robinrisk (unregistered)


actually, no. China is a country in which personal relations have a tremendous power in justice settlements and lawsuits.

If you are friends with powerful people, no foreign company will win anything against you. Ask mcDonalds and their first restaurant over there.

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 15:09 1

10. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


I agree with this. I hate the wars

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 21:01 4

11. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


ahhh the beauty of communism. where the government controls factors of production. you f*ck with their money making companies, their government will f*ck you up. please apple attack, so China can stop making your cancer causing, polluting crap.

posted on 31 Dec 2011, 00:41

12. snowgator (Posts: 3199; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


American companies suing Chinese companies in Chinese courts. No problem there.

American companies suing Chinese companies anywhere else, guess at that point you need to win. No problem with this in my world. These companies are planning ahead.

Truthfully, I did not know Nokia sued that much. I knew they had a couple, but not like Apple sues Android makers or Microsoft going after licensing fees.

posted on 31 Dec 2011, 01:26

13. speckledapple (Posts: 878; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


Although I do not agree with patent trolling, I cannot imagine that it would be easy for any of these companies to battle in China anyway because of the way many of their laws, especially when it comes to business are structured. It seems as though its damned difficult to get any headway against anyone that is using something that was created by someone else to stop. Example of that would be the Apple stores, some were closed down but others pretty much still exist and thrive. Troublesome indeed.

posted on 31 Dec 2011, 18:33 1

16. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1056; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


If you create a device and patent it here and others make money off your hard work
I think it is fair the creator of the device should get some money from the
sales of devices that use his or her creation after all why should others make money off of someone else's work it's not fair.

posted on 31 Dec 2011, 19:47

17. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Well look who's complaining. If it's not the number one knock off producer in the world, hahahahaha.

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