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Sony involved in patent infringement of mobile phone in China 索尼手机卷入数千万元专利纠纷
Author:CopyFrom:hits:2157UpdateTime:2016/3/9 14:41:54Editor:

      IWNCOMM Co., Ltd of China(IWNCOMM) recently sued Sony Mobile Communication (China) Company (Sony) that 35 sets of mobile phones produced and sold by Sony infringed its invention patent rights in the field of telecommunication, and claimed a damage of 33.36 million yuan. The Beijing IP Court has opened a court session for the case on Feb. 25th.
    The agent of IWNCOMM, Xu Yonghao said that the litigation covers “safe access of movable terminal in radio local area network an secrete data communication method in radio link”(ZL02139508.X) (hereinafter referred to as “involved patent”), which was granted to IWNCOMM in 2005. The technology has become China’s national standard in wireless communication since 2003, and has been widely used by chip producers, network operators and terminal device makers.
    The plaintiff IWNCOMM claimed that Sony needs to verify the WAPI function of its L39h (Xperia Z1) and other 34 different sets of mobile phones in the process of research, testing and checking up ,which concerns involved patent and consists direct infringement of IWNCOMM’s invention patent right.  Besides, Sony’s selling of the involved mobile phones which infringing the plaintiff’s patent right was suspected to constitute joint tort behaviour that help others implement technology solution. IWNCOMM requested the court to order Sony to cease using involved patent and stop manufacturing and selling infringing products immediately, and compensate the economic loss and reasonable expense for more than 33.36 million yuan in all.
    The defendant denied the charges claimed by IWNCOMM. The agent of Sony, Li Zhanke argued that the chips in Sony’s handsets realize the WAPI function were from suppliers. The chips are special products of involved patent, and fair use of such chips bought by Sony would not constitute patent infringement. Even though Sony used the implicated patent, the infringement were also invalid, because the patents were absorbed to national compulsory certification.
    As the case involves some complex technique problem, both the plaintiff and defendant were allowed to let their expert assessors to be questioned by technique judges. Both the parties confirmed that the WAPI function of four out of thirty-five types of mobile phones was the same in the Claim 1, Claim 2, Claim 5 and Claim 6 of the implicated patent.
    At press time, the case is still in trial. CIP News will follow the development of the case right along.
 (by Zhu Wenming)
本报记者 祝文明
  因认为索尼移动通信产品(中国)有限公司(下称索尼中国公司)生产、销售的35款手机侵犯其无线通信领域的发明专利权,西安西电捷通无线网络通信股份有限公司(下称西电捷通公司)向北京知识产权法院提起诉讼,索赔3336万余元。2月25日,这起案件公开开庭审理。
  据西电捷通公司代理人徐永浩介绍,西电捷通公司此次提出的诉讼涉及该公司持有的发明专利“一种无线局域网移动设备安全接入及数据保密通信的方法”(专利号:ZL02139508.X)(下称涉案专利),该专利申请于2005年在中国获得授权。西电捷通公司的这项技术从2003年起即成为中国无线通信领域的国家标准,被芯片厂商、运营商、终端设备制造商等广泛应用。
  西电捷通公司在向北京知识产权法院提起的诉讼中称,索尼中国公司生产并销售的L39h(Xperia Z1)等35款手机在设计研发、测试、出厂检测等过程中,均需要验证手机WAPI功能是否正常,而该过程必然要实施涉案专利的技术方案,构成了单独实施涉案专利的直接侵权的行为。而索尼中国公司销售使用涉案专利的手机产品则涉嫌构成为他人实施涉案技术方案提供帮助的共同侵权行为。西电捷通公司请求法院判令索尼中国公司立即停止使用涉案专利,立即停止生产、销售使用该专利的手机产品,赔偿经济损失及合理费用共计3336万余元。
  索尼中国公司则否认了西电捷通公司的侵权指控。该公司代理人李占科表示,索尼中国公司生产、销售的手机中,实现WAPI功能的芯片来自供应商;该芯片是实施涉案专利的专用产品,索尼中国公司是购买该专用产品后的合理使用,故不侵犯西电捷通公司专利权;涉案专利已被纳入国家强制标准,因而索尼中国公司即使使用了涉案专利,也不构成侵权。
  据悉,由于此案涉及比较复杂的技术问题,原被告双方均获准由专家辅助人出庭接受技术调查官询问。庭审中,双方确认涉案35款手机中4款的WAPI功能技术与涉案专利权利要求书中第1、2、5、6项权利要求相同。
  截至发稿时,此案还在审理中。本报将继续关注案件进展。

 
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