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Paris court rules in Chinese patent row

In a rare example of Chinese-Chinese litigation in Europe, telecoms company ZTE has prevailed over its rival Huawei in a patent dispute in Paris

On Thursday, the Paris District Court ordered Huawei to pay €100,000 to ZTE and its French subsidiary after dismissing the company’s infringement claim against the company over a data card patent.

ZTE said the decision by the Paris court to reject all of Huawei’s claims over the EP724 “rotator head” data card patent followed similar rulings in China and Germany. The two companies launched their legal spat in 2011.

Guo Xiaoming, the company’;s chief legal officer, said he was pleased by the Paris court’s ruling.

In June 2012, SIPO’s Patent Re-examination Board invalidated Huawei’s data card patent. In October, the German Federal Patent Court issued a preliminary ruling invalidating the patent and rejecting Huawei’s proposed modifications.

You can read more about the IP strategies of Chinese companies, and a profile of Huawei, in the latest issue of Managing IP.

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