ZTE Welcomes Rulings by Düsseldorf District Court
Decisions strengthen ZTE’s defence against Huawei’s patent claims
SHENZHEN, China -- March 22, 2013
ZTE Corporation (ZTE) welcomes two decisions made by the Düsseldorf district
court in Germany on 21 March, 2013 in favor of the company, strengthening the
company’s defense against claims by Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. over some
patents related to LTE technology.
The court dismissed all of Huawei’s claims in the litigation over European
patent EP 2 033 335 (EP’335) related to both base stations and mobile
terminals. In the litigation over European patent EP 2 090 050 (EP ‘050), the
court decided to stay the case and refer to the European Court of Justice
(EJC) several questions concerning the application of the European Union
ZTE regards intellectual property as central to the company’s business, and is
committed to increasing its competitiveness in patent assets. ZTE was ranked
No. 1 in international patent applications by the World Intellectual Property
Organization (WIPO) in each of the past two years. In 2012, ZTE filed 37% more
patents under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) than a year earlier, and
became the first Chinese company to be among the Top-10 patent applicants at
the European Patent Office.
As a technology-intensive industry, the number of patents related to
telecommunications is measured in the hundreds of thousands. ZTE is committed
to an approach based on collaboration, leveraging cross-licensing agreements
and bundling. The company opposes the use of non-core patents as a tactic to
obstruct others, which creates unnecessary additional costs. ZTE advocates a
win-win approach to foster healthy and rational competition, and cooperates
with leading industry patent holders including Qualcomm, Siemens and Ericsson.
The global telecommunications industry is undergoing a major transition, and
the supply chain will become more consolidated. In this environment, ZTE aims
to work with telecommunications operators, and partners including Qualcomm and
Ericsson to explore paths that will lead to a more healthy ecosystem, and
welcomes all competition that won’t undermine the development of the industry.
Margrete Ma, +86 755 26775207
Diana Pong / Andres Vejarano
+852 2837 4734 / 2837 4735
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