Recently, HTC filed a lawsuit in China to sue Gionee and Meizu on allegations of patent infringement. It is known that this patent talks about a mobile device with a metal frame and uses special antenna structure.
In the patent, HTC described how to fix technical problems caused by transmitted signals reflected by the metal casing, as well as the antenna structure design to reduce interference and combine transmission. through the metal surface of the case.
If you’ve ever used an HTC smartphone, perhaps this design is not too strange for you, because it has been applied by Taiwanese manufacturers on the products since the launch of the One M7 in 2013. .
HTC claims that Gionee violated its patent when it launched Gionee M6, a smartphone that has a metal, square design and uses the same antenna design as HTC devices. Not only Gionee, Meizu is also the second manufacturer allegedly similar to the M5 Note – a phone with a monolithic metal design launched at the end of 2016.
The Beijing Intellectual Property Court concludes that both cases have in fact violated HTC’s patent rights, had to stop selling and recover damages. HTC asked Meizu for compensation of 30 million yuan (about 100 billion dong), while the amount of compensation requested from Gionee was 24 million yuan (about 80 billion dong).
Of course, Meizu and Gionee appealed, claiming that they did not infringe copyright and claimed that the plaintiffs demanded excessive compensation. During the pre-trial session, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court worked with stakeholders to determine whether the two products were indeed infringing.
In the end, the regulatory body stated that both Gionee M6 and Meizu M5 Note infringe HTC’s patent rights, not only on one but also on various aspects. However, the amount of compensation required by HTC has clearly exceeded the maximum limit under the law of 1 million yuan, which is stipulated in China’s patent law.
In the end, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court determined that Meizu needed to pay 3 million yuan (about 10 billion dong) to HTC to compensate for the economic loss, while Gionee had to pay 2.6 million yuan. NDT (about 8.7 billion). Combined with the payment of attorney fees, the total amount of compensation paid by both sides was 6.5 million yuan (~ 21.7 billion dong).