Huawei Sues Samsung in California, Shenzhen

Huawei has recently sued Samsung for patent infringement in Shenzhen, China and in California.   Samsung also announced it would countersue Huawei.  A copy of the California complaint is attached here

Huawei sued T-Mobile in the ED of Texas earlier in the year, and of course there was the earlier, much reported case against ZTE in Europe previously.  The ED Texas case seemed to be following the case of T-Mobile vs. Huawei, in Washington State, which was a theft of trade secrets matter.  In addition, the litigation against Samsung follows quickly on the recent news that Apple is now paying Huawei patent royalties.  There were also media reports earlier this year that Huawei and Ericsson renewed their patent license agreement.  

While these cases seem like continuing milestones in the patent smartphone wars, I believe there is another new development.  Press releases about Huawei asserting its patents in litigation and collecting royalties on its patents, also suggest that China’s stated plans to increase its IP royalty revenue have taken off.  It is not surprising that one of China’s leading overseas patent filers, Huawei, should be at the forefront of these efforts.

Interested in licensing? Sign up for the forthcoming technology licensing program at USPTO with George Mason University on June 8.

IP Vacancy at USTR

USTR has recently posted a job announcement in its IP and Innovation office.  Knowledge of Chinese would be a helpful plus to a potential candidate.  The closing date is June 3, 2016.

Position:         Policy Analyst ( Trade)  

Grade level:     GS-13/14/15 

Opened:          Monday May 23, 2016

Closes:            Friday, June 3, 2016 at 11:59 pm EDT

 Please see below for links to each of the vacancy announcements for this position:

1)Announcement open to ALL sources / members of the public:  DE –

2)  Announcement open ONLY to current or former Federal employees who have attained career status:   MP –

Please note,  it is very important that those who wish to apply submit their application to the correct vacancy announcement, and that they submit all required information.  If a potential applicant is unsure which announcement is appropriate and the closing deadline is near, it would be safest to apply to both.

If anyone has any questions at all,  or needs any guidance,  contact the USTR Office of Human Resources at 202-395-7360.

Program on Trademark Strategy For Chinese Companies Investing Overseas

·         Location: Chengdu, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Wuhan

·         Dates: 01 Jun 2016 to 08 Jun 2016

IP Key (the European IP technical assistance/exchange program) is organising 5 half-day Trade Mark strategy seminars in Chengdu, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Wuhan between the 1st  – 8th June.  The following is from their news release:

The purpose of the trade mark IP strategy conference is to support Chinese companies and legal representatives on IP issues as they internationalise their business. Experts will discuss the importance of an IP strategy and the tools available to support its successful implementation. Two EU experts, Mr. Christophe Gimenez, EUIPO, IP Attaché for the EU Delegation to China and Mr. Martin Beckman, Project Manager, EUIPO will share their knowledge and expertise on how to create an IP strategy with the support of international databases.

 The seminars are a good opportunity for Chinese companies who are doing businesses abroad, or are planning for international expansion, as well as trade mark agencies and specialist to learn more about the international tools that can help them be more strategic in their approach to protect and register trade marks abroad.

Simultaneous Interpretation in English and Chinese will be available at the conferences.

Agenda for each city is available online on the IP Key website:

 To register for the seminar, email the partner in the corresponding city:





Contact Person


June 1st 2016

13:30 – 17:30


The Jinjiang Room, 5/F Century City International Convention Center, Chengdu, China

Finja Zhang

June 3rd 2016

13:30 – 17:30


The Blue hall, Sino-German Ecopark, No. 2877 Tuanjie Road, Huangdao District, Qingdao 


June 6th 2016

8:30 – 12:30


6/F Landmark Building, 4028 Jintian Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, China


June 7th 2016



37/F Tianjin World Financial Center, Tianjin Tower

LI Yinghong

June 8th 2016



Wuhan International Cooperation Chamber of Commerce, 489 Zhongshan Road, Wuhan, China

Ellena Du

 For more information about this activity or for general information about IP Key, please contact Jaspal Channa