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ZTE wins data card patent case against Huawei

F.Y. Teng | March 31, 2013
A Paris District Court has ordered Huawei to pay EUR100,000 in damages.

Executives at global networking solutions company ZTE Corporation announced on Friday (March 29, 2013) that they had won their patent case against their rivals at Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd in a Paris District Court. The two companies-both with their headquarters in Shenzhen, China-had been battling in this instance over the patent for the EP724 data card.

According to ZTE executives in a statement to the press, their company had "won numerous patent rulings against Huawei in different jurisdictions in the past two years." They referenced a similar ruling handed out last year-June 2012-by the Patent Re-examination Board of the State Intellectual Property Office in China, which basically said that Huawei's data card patent was "invalid." And, "in October 2012, the German Federal Patent Court issued a preliminary verdict to invalidate Huawei's data card patent, and rejected all six of Huawei's modification proposals."

As for the latest ruling, they quoted the Paris District Court saying that "Huawei's data card patent lacked novelty in all three key technical features: the components of the USB connector were previously specified in the US2004/0048494 A1 patent in the United States; the elastic effect of the shaft end of the USB connector and component was previously specified in a patent filed by a company in Hangzhou, China; [and] the accommodating portion of the outward casing of the USB product was covered by the 200520016967.5 patent."

"We are very pleased with the ruling the Paris court," ZTE's Chief Legal Officer Guo Xiaoming said. "The decision was within ZTE's expectations, as it is aligned with other rulings in China and France...Authorities in China, Germany and France all affirm the lack of novelty in Huawei's patent."


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