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

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



1. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

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

2. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

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

6. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

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

9. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 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!

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

18. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

thats only beause the factory makes the conditions worse

15. Shangri-La

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

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

3. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Point for China

4. LewsTherin006

Posts: 140; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

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

5. nuadar1

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 05, 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...

7. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

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.

10. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I agree with this. I hate the wars

11. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 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.

12. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

13. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

16. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

17. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

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

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