ZTE Wins Final Ruling from U.S. ITC in FlashPoint Case

  ZTE Wins Final Ruling from U.S. ITC in FlashPoint Case

 Investigation in FlashPoint-initiated case terminated as ZTE wins latest ITC
 ruling on patent complaints related to Section 337 of the U.S. Tariff Act of
                                     1930

Business Wire

SHENZHEN, China -- March 18, 2014

ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code:
000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment,
network solutions and mobile devices, is pleased about the decision by the
United States International Trade Commission to terminate the investigation
into complaints initiated by FlashPoint Technology Inc.

In a final decision, the ITC rejected FlashPoint’s complaints alleging
infringement of digital camera patents and violations of Section 337 of the
Tariff Act of 1930. Apart from ZTE, other respondents in the FlashPoint case
included HTC Corp. and Huawei Technologies Co.

The decision in the FlashPoint case followed the ITC’s ruling last month in
favor of ZTE in a case initiated by Technology Properties Limited LLC, and a
decision in December 2013 to reject the patent claims made by InterDigital
Inc.

“We welcome the ITC’s ruling in the FlashPoint case. The three recent
decisions issued by the ITC in favor of ZTE gave us increased confidence about
our capabilities to defend our intellectual property rights,” said Guo
Xiaoming, Chief Legal Officer of ZTE. “We regret the action taken by
non-practicing entities (NPEs) in using litigation as an anti-competitive
tactic to impose high patent licensing fees on counter-parties. U.S.
authorities are becoming less tolerant of the behavior of NPEs, which is a
positive development.”

ZTE’s strategic planning and industry-leading pool of intellectual property
assets offer a strong safeguard to help the company prevail in patent
litigations internationally.

ZTE has filed applications for more than 50,000 patents globally, with more
than 16,000 granted. ZTE is a global leader with more than 800 essential
patents on the standardization 4G LTE. ZTE will continue to strengthen its
portfolio of patents to attain globally-leading positions in core areas such
as smart terminals, optical networking, cloud computing, big data and 4G LTE,
and invest in next-generation technologies such as 5G. Such investments will
be key to enhance ZTE’s competitiveness and intellectual property capabilities
to help the company cope with changes in the technology landscape and market
environment.

ZTE retained its global top-2 position in patent applications in the World
Intellectual Property Organization’s annual rankings published this month.

About ZTE

ZTE is a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and
network solutions with the most comprehensive product range covering virtually
every telecommunications sector, including wireless, access & bearer, VAS,
terminals and professional services. The company delivers innovative,
custom-made products and services to over 500 operators in more than 160
countries, helping them to meet the changing needs of their customers while
growing revenue. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and
development and has leadership roles in several international bodies devoted
to developing telecommunications industry standards. ZTE is committed to
corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact. The
company is China’s only listed telecom manufacturer that is publicly traded on
both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges (H share stock code: 0763.HK /
A share stock code: 000063.SZ). For more information, please visit
www.zte.com.cn.

Contact:

ZTE Corporation
Margrete Ma, +86 755 26775207
ma.gaili@zte.com.cn
or
Edelman PR
Mark Lee, +852 2837 4756
mark.lee@edelman.com
Andres Vejarano, +852 2837 4735
andres.vejarano@edelman.com
 
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