Patents

by Mike Masnick


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china, patents



Once Again, Be Careful What You Wish For: China Learning To Use Other Country's Patent Systems

from the this-won't-end-well dept

For years and years, US executives, politicians and diplomats have been berating China for "not respecting intellectual property." And, all along, we keep warning that those same folks are not going to like it if China actually did what they're asking it to do. That's because all of these execs, politicians and diplomats are thinking with a very static view: that US patents and technology will continue to rule, and that China needs to respect those patents. And yet, as we've noted, that's not the case. China has ramped up enforcement of IP laws lately... but in almost every case it's been used to harm foreign companies (often US companies).

And now, Slashdot points us to the news that Huawei, the Chinese networking giant, has taken over the lead as filing the most international patents of any company. Just wait until American companies, whose execs complained about China "not respecting intellectual property," start getting sued in East Texas for violating Huawei's patents.

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    staff, 17 Oct 2010 @ 9:32am

    gum

    "taken over the lead as filing the most international patents of any company"

    There are patents and then there are patents. The vast majority are narrow and have no or little impact. It sounds like they're doing what many large US companies do. When you lack quality you go after quantity. Unfortunately, that gums up the system for others who really do have something important.

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