ZTE Corporation ("ZTE") (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock
code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of
telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices,
welcomes the final determination of the United States International
Trade Commission rejecting the claims of Technology Properties Limited
LLC ("TPL"), which strengthened ZTE's defenses against other
intellectual property-related complaints.
The ITC terminated an investigation into TPL's complaints alleging
violations of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, after rejecting
TPL's claims of patent infringement. TPL initially filed the complaints
in July 2012 against more than 10 respondents including ZTE, Samsung,
HTC, LG and Huawei. The decision in the TPL case followed the ITC's
decision in December 2013 to reject the patent claims made by
InterDigital Inc. against ZTE and other respondents.
"We are pleased by the ITC's decision, as ZTE has refuted claims by the
complainants for more than a year," said Shen Jianfeng, Chief
Intellectual Property Officer of ZTE. "We face an increasingly complex
market environment, prompted by rapid changes in the global
telecommunications industry and the intellectual property landscape. ZTE
is committed to our principles of openness and mutual benefit as we
continue to work with all staeholders to promote benign competition and
development of a healthy industry ecosystem."
In recent years, some patent holders have been demanding unreasonable
licensing fees, and have used litigations as negotiating tactics.
Investigations related to Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 are
protracted, and may result in export exclusion orders and cease and
desist orders that will prevent the shipments of affected products to
the U.S. market.
ZTE's multi-billion investment in research and development has resulted
in an industry-leading pool of intellectual property assets. ZTE has
filed applications for more than 50,000 patents globally, with more than
14,000 granted. ZTE is a global leader in holdings of essential patents
related to 4G LTE. ZTE ranked No. 1 globally in international patent
applications in 2011 and 2012, according to the World Intellectual
Property Organization. ZTE will continue to strengthen its portfolio of
patents to attain globally-leading positions in core areas such as smart
terminals, optical networking, cloud computing, big data and 4G LTE, and
invest in next-generation technologies such as 5G. Such investments will
be key to enhance ZTE's competitiveness and intellectual property
capabilities to help the company cope with changes in the technology
landscape and market environment.
ZTE is a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment
and network solutions with the most comprehensive product range covering
virtually every telecommunications sector, including wireless, access &
bearer, VAS, terminals and professional services. The company delivers
innovative, custom-made products and services to over 500 operators in
more than 160 countries, helping them to meet the changing needs of
their customers while growing revenue. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its
annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in
several international bodies devoted to developing telecommunications
industry standards. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility
and is a member of the UN Global Compact. The company is China's only
listed telecom manufacturer that is publicly traded on both the Hong
Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share
stock code: 000063.SZ). For more information, please visit www.zte.com.cn.
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