China’s ZTE not worried about Apple, patent litigation over it’s Android-based handsets

“China’s ZTE Corp, the world’s fourth-biggest mobile phone vendor, is unfazed by the possibility of being sued by Apple Inc over patent violations, and is looking to boost its own patents and find unique designs and features for its range of handsets,” Lee Chyen Yee reports for Reuters.

“In the wake of Apple’s patent victory over South Korea’s Samsung Electronics in the United States last week, ZTE and other phone makers that use Google’s Android operating system were cited as being at risk if Apple opted to extend the lawsuit beyond Samsung,” Yee reports. “‘We’re not worried about it. As a listed company we’re very careful when it comes to our phone designs to make sure we don’t violate any patents,’ Luo Zhongsheng, vice president of ZTE’s handset division, told Reuters on Tuesday.”

Yee reports, “The Shenzhen-based firm has been making its phones slimmer and sleeker, while packing in more power and features. ‘We’ve been trying to improve the exterior design from this year. A few years ago, some people may think ZTE phones are ugly, but now, the feel is different,’ Luo said. In terms of software, ZTE executives said they hoped the Mifavor user interface would help the company set its phones apart from rival brands… The company is also being investigated by the FBI over allegations it illegally sold U.S. computer products to Iran. Separately, the European Union is investigating whether ZTE benefited unfairly from Chinese government subsidies.”

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MacDailyNews Take: That crap-peddler sounds as if they understand patents about as thoroughly as did Samsung.


  1. Fourth biggest huh?

    I’ve never heard of ZTE. Does it sell phones in the US? If not, probably doesn’t have much to worry about. No Chinese court would ever rule against a Chinese company.

    1. @ MrMcLargeHuge::
      Sentence 2: “I’ve never heard of ZTE.”
      Sentence 3: “Does it sell phones in the US?”
      Sentence 4: “If not …”
      Sentences 4-5: Opinions regarding the Chinese judicial system.
      . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
      My interpretation:
      Sentence 2: I don’t know anything about this subject.
      Sentence 3: I’m really lazy and can’t google “ZTE mobile phone” to see if ads pop up in English. (They do! Amazon sells ZTE phones, for example.)
      Sentence 4: Well, since I don’t know one way or the other, I’m just going to assume that ZTE doesn’t sell phones in the US market.
      Sentence 5: Although this has nothing at all to do with the subject of where ZTE sells phones, here is my real message: Chinese courts are rigged. NO court in China would EVER rule against a Chinese company. Ever. And I know this without doing one iota of research. How? Because it’s China.
      . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      Thank you so much for your insightful yet biased commentary, MrMcLargeHuge! Please write more when another uninformed thought crosses your mind.

      1. 1. I know plenty about mobile phones. Since this is the Internet, you’ll just have to take my word for it.

        2. I was at work. I shouldn’t have even been on this website, I chose not to make it worse by searching the Internet for ZTE phones. That’s why I asked the question. Thank you for the response, albeit a snarky, trollish one.

        3. That “if” is there for a reason. It’s conditional, based on my lack of knowledge regarding where ZTE sells their phones.

        4. Has China ever ruled in favor of a foreign company over one of its own? I’ve never read or heard of such a thing. It’s an educated guess based on historical evidence of blatant IP infringement by untold numbers of Chinese companies, all of which go unpunished. It’s common knowledge that China is the world leader in piracy. What recourse then would any foreign company have?

  2. is looking to boost its own patents and find unique designs and features

    In China? The Death Valley of creativity? I don’t think so.

    …at risk if Apple opted to extend the lawsuit beyond Samsung

    Right. Apparently they don’t have access to world news over there in censored China: Criminal Nation. Apple has longstanding lawsuits against HTC and Motorola as well.

    The Shenzhen-based firm has been making its phones slimmer and sleeker, while packing in more power and features

    You mean, like an iPhone? Brilliant mimicry no doubt.

    The company is also being investigated by the FBI… benefited unfairly from Chinese government subsidies…

    Of course. And don’t forget the fact that when ZTE are sued by Apple, all they have to do is bribe the Chinese court to get the lawsuit derailed in their favor, à la Proview scam.

    Frack you commie China. A new, positive, creative revolution is well overdue.

  3. I sure get a laugh when reading all these (mostly American) comments at MDN (when it comes up) about China being an evil criminal communist nation, with unfair subsidies and yada yada yada. Such an evil nation though cannot survive without an equally evil partners trading with them and surely the United States would have nothing to do with them right?


    Taking a brief look at this from just one site:

    -China was the United States 3rd largest goods export market in 2011.
    -China is currently our [US] 2nd largest goods trading partner with $503 billion in total (two ways) goods trade during 2011.

    There are lots more facts and figures from this and other resources but at the end of the day the idea that the US and China trade a lot, and profit is made on both sides no doubt.

    A country that abhors communism would have the balls to stand up to and not trade with a communist country instead of putting their money where their mouth isn’t.

    I find it particularly hilarious.

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