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Huawei sues ZTE for patent and trademarks infringement in Europe

Anuradha Shukla | April 29, 2011
Files lawsuits in Germany, France, and Hungary against the company.

SHENZHEN, CHINA, 29 APRIL 2011- Telecoms solutions provider Huawei has alleged that ZTE is infringing a series of Huawei's patents relating to data card and long term evolution (LTE) technologies.

Huawei also accused ZTE, a global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, for illegally using a Huawei-registered trademark on some of its data card products and has filed lawsuits in Germany, France, and Hungary against the company.

Claiming to have great respect for the rights of intellectual property holders, Huawei said it is committed to the protection of its own innovations and intellectual property.

ZTE, however, is astonished at Huawei Technologies' allegations and rejects that there has been any patent and trademark infringement.

The company emphasises that it respects and adheres to international intellectual property laws and regulations without reservation, and is willing to negotiate on issues in good faith.

ZTE has also decided to take legal action in response to Huawei's lawsuits in order to protect its interests and those of its customers worldwide.

Using technology in lawful manner

According to Huawei, it slapped lawsuits after ZTE did not respond to cease and desist letters requiring the company to stop carrying out the infringing acts that are the basis for these proceedings.

Huawei claims when ZTE did not respond to its requests to stop its infringements, it had no choice but to use legal means to protect its interests.

"Our objective is to stop the illegal use of Huawei's intellectual property and resolve this dispute through negotiation so that our technology is used in a lawful manner," said Huawei's chief legal officer, Dr. Song Liuping.

"Intellectual property is among Huawei's most valuable assets. That is why we feel a responsibility to our customers and to our shareholders to do everything possible to protect these assets in any legal jurisdiction worldwide. Where violations are taking place, we will do whatever is required to ensure that the use of Huawei's intellectual property by any company is based on internationally accepted protocols and practices," Dr. Song added.


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