BY SILVI WRITER
Qualcomm’s decision to file lawsuits against Apple in China underscores the US chipmaker’s confidence with the Beijing’s efforts in patent protection, said an executive of Tencent, a global tech leader based in Shenzhen, dubbed China’s Silicon Valley.
Sam Xu Yan, General Manager of Tencent’s IP Department, said Qualcomm is preparing to file more lawsuits.
Commenting on why Qualcomm chose to do so in China, he said it’s because the US chipmaking giant “recognizes” China’s stepped-up efforts in protection of patents.
Xu said recent years witnesses rising numbers of huge fines sentenced against patent violators in China.
Xu made the remarks in Zhuhai on Thursday at the 2019 Fast Company Conference, a major tech event in China to bring together some of the country’s sharpest tech innovators to share insights on how innovation and technology are transforming our life.
On the same day as Xu spoke in Zhuhai, Qualcomm confirmed it is asking courts in China to ban sales of Apple latest iPhone models XS and XR after winning a preliminary injunction against older models, Reuters reported.
On Monday, a Chinese court had ordered a sales ban of some older Apple iPhone models for violating two patents of Qualcomm, though intellectual property lawyers said enforcement of the ban was likely still a distant threat.
Apple said on Monday that all of its phone models remained on sale in mainland China and that it had filed a request for reconsideration with the court, the first step in a long appeal process that could end up at China’s Supreme Court.
AI Patents: China leads the way
In his presentation, Xu also noted that more Artificial Intelligence (AI) patents had been registered in China than any other country.
“Not just Chinese companies, foreign firms also registered patents in China, as they value this huge market,” he said.
China, the US, Japan and South Korea were the only countries each of which now has more than 10,000 registered AI patents, according to Xu’s slide shown at the event.
China will better protect intellectual property rights (IPR) to improve the business environment and attract more foreign investors, a top IPR official has said earlier this year.
China treats IPR owned by domestic and foreign companies alike, and gives them equal protection, said Shen Changyu, head of the State Intellectual Property Office.
He said China adopted the Anti-unfair Competition Law last year and the country’s IPR protection has won international recognition.
In 2017, Chinese courts settled 203,000 IPR related cases, up 38.38 percent from a year earlier. A total of 7,157 people were charged. Police also investigated 17,000 cases related to IPR violation or making and selling counterfeit products, involving a combined sum of 6.46 billion yuan (about US$1.02 billion).