Huawei Moves to Protect its Patent and Trademarks with Legal Action in Europe by greytank


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     Huawei Moves to Protect its Patent and Trademarks with

                              Legal Action in Europe

      (Shenzhen, April 28, 2011) - Huawei today filed lawsuits in Germany,
  France, and Hungary against ZTE Corporation (ZTE) for patent and trade mark
  infringement. The lawsuits were filed on the basis that ZTE is infringing a series
  of Huawei’s patents relating to data card and LTE (Long Term Evolution)
  technologies and illegally used a Huawei-registered trademark on some of its data
  card products.

      Huawei's Chief Legal Officer, Dr. Song Liuping said, "Huawei was compelled to
  initiate this action in order to protect our innovations and registered intellectual
  property in Europe. 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."

      These lawsuits were commenced after ZTE failed to respond to cease and
  desist letters requiring the company to stop carrying out the infringing acts that
  are the basis for these proceedings. Huawei had also actively invited ZTE on
  numerous occasions to enter into cross-patent licensing negotiations but was
  equally unsuccessful. As Huawei has neither received any substantive response
  nor a commitment from ZTE to stop its infringements, the company has had no
  alternative but to use legal means to protect its legal interests by requesting that
  the courts prohibit ZTE's continued infringements of Huawei's trade mark and
  patent rights.

      Huawei has great respect for the rights of intellectual property holders and is
  equally committed to the protection of its own innovations and intellectual
  property. The company has signed a series of cross-license agreements with
major telecoms vendors and other intellectual property rights holders. In 2010,
Huawei paid US$222 million in patent licensing fees to obtain the legal right to
use patents and technologies of other leading companies in the industry. Huawei
also invests a considerable portion of its annual revenues in research and
development. Its R&D expenditure in 2010 alone was RMB 16.556 billion (USD
2.5 billion).

    “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 said.

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