Smartphone Patent War 2012: Chinese Alliance vs International Brands

The battlefield of patents are more and more the place where competitors are vying for market share. China has become the world’s largest market for smart phones in the third quarter of 2011, according to Strategy Analytics. Some Chinese smartphone makers, including Lenovo, ZTE, TCL, Coolpad and Konka joined forces to protect themselves against the rising number of […]

How To Transform The Image of Chinese Brands? Hint … It’s Not Product Placements

Product Placements  Some movies have become a series of commercials with a story line. Thanks to the lucrative business of product placements. Transformers (变形金刚) 3 which opened in cinemas in China on July 21, 2011 shows an abundance of Chinese brands: Yili: Shuhua Milk Meters/bonwe: M-Tee Lenovo: Ideacentre A series TCL (The Creative Life): HDTV range […]

Update on CYBERsitter, LLC v. The People’s Republic of China et al

Remember Green Dam Youth Escort? Short reminder: the Chinese government ordered computer manufacturers to bundle computers sold in China with software that could filter pornography by July 2009. It postponed the deadline because of pressure by foreign computer manufacturers. In August it backtracked the obligation to pre-install the software (Japanese companies Sony and Toshiba, and […]

Sue Where The Assets Are: Reflex Packaging is suing former client Lenovo for patent infringement in US

By Michiel Tjoe-Awie Reflex Packaging (Reflex) was supplying patented thermoformed cushions to pack Lenovo’s computers. In 2008 Lenovo asked Reflex to remove their name and patent number from the packages. Reflex refused to do so, only to discover later that Lenovo continued to use the same patented package which were allegedly produced without there consent. […]

Professor Llewelyn: “Leverage Your IP Rights”

This Morning IP Dragon attended a breakfast seminar by Professor David Llewelyn (IP Academy of Singapore and Of Counsel at White & Case in Singapore). Even though it was quite early, many people interested in how to maximise the use of IP did show up at the office of White & Case in Central, Hong […]

Cybersitting Claims 2.25 Billion US Dollar For Allegedly Pirated Code in Green Dam

It was the Chinese government’s plan to demand of computer manufacturers to pre-install this filter programme against pornography and violence, however after a public outcry this was not made mandatory. But it keeps coming back in the news. After Solid Oak, read here, who sent cease and desist letters to Dell and Hewlett Packard, because […]