The patent war is similar to Samsung and Apple, Huawei and Samsung, as well as Coca-Cola and Pepsi between the litigation.
Summer, the United States and Gree two air-conditioning giant patent war again ignited. June 26, the United States on the grounds of infringement of two patents on the grounds of infringement in Guangzhou on Gree, together with the June 21 prosecution in Suzhou, the United States air-conditioned in two weeks for a total of three patent infringement litigation against Gree, including 1 invention patent and 2 utility model patents, the amount of the claim reached 40 million yuan.
This is the beauty of the Gree & ldquo; counterattack & rdquo ;. In early June, Gree sued the United States and its sales company Beijing days Ang Albert, said the United States and the Department of Air Conditioning infringement of its utility model patents, the case involved in the patent department called "air conditioner indoor unit" ralph lauren pas cher, Of the utility model patents, claims 50 million yuan.
Launched multiple rounds of confrontation
In recent years, the patent confrontation in the household electrical appliance enterprises more and more common, the recent war to open the event is Gree prosecution of the United States.
It is reported that Gree's prosecution mainly contains two aspects. First, Gree believes that the United States and its sales company sales of the United States and the United States and the United States and the United States, the United States, the United States, the United States, the United States, the United States, the United States, the United States, the United States, the United States, the United States, the United States, The At present, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court has accepted the case, and the United States also submitted a civil jurisdiction objection application, the case is under further investigation.
Subsequently, on June 21, the United States air conditioning to the Suzhou Intermediate People's Court proceedings, prosecuted Gree air-conditioning infringement of its "axial wind turbine" invention patents, payment of damages and other costs of 30 million yuan. The US air-conditioning intellectual property related person in charge, the patent in January 2007 to the State Intellectual Property Office, and in March 2009 was authorized. It is understood that the current Intermediate People's Court of Suzhou City has accepted the case.
June 26, the US air-conditioning to the Guangzhou Intellectual Property Court to sue, prosecuted Gree air-conditioning infringement of its two utility model patents, it is understood that the two patents, including panels, display boxes and PCB circuit boards and other related technology, the United States air-conditioning requirements Gree paid damages and other expenses were 10 million yuan. At present, the Guangzhou Intellectual Property Court has accepted the case.
Gree relevant person in charge to the 21st century economic report reporter said, how to deal with the United States against Gree's prosecution, has not yet received the relevant information.
This is not the first court of Gree and the United States. In the past patent litigation, the two sides win or lose.
Home appliances senior observers Liu Buchen told reporters that before the Gree and the United States 3-4 rounds of patent litigation, the United States is basically responding to the state, the beauty of the positive response and counterclaim.
Owen cloud network of air conditioning industry research manager Wang Yongtao told reporters: "The two sides basically have a patent war every year, choose to play in the high season patent war, but also attracted a lot of traffic. The patent warfare in two changes: First, the United States mentioned in the patent, in addition to air-conditioning also involves small household electrical appliances patents, patent range becomes wider; Second, Gree recently sued the Oaks infringement, patent war brand The number has been expanded. & Rdquo;
Gree and the United States accounted for half of the domestic market, the two giants of the competition from the product, brand, etc. rose to the patent level.
In Liu Bu dust view, regardless of the outcome, for the two companies, are good. "Objectively speaking, the patent war is similar to Samsung and Apple, Huawei and Samsung, as well as Coca-Cola and Pepsi between the litigation. Lawsuit process, inadvertently two of the visibility increased, and other brands marginalized. From the positive side, to the two sides to provide the opportunity to show the strength of technology, are winning party. There may be cross-infringement between the United States and Gree, cross-licensing situation. & Rdquo;
Well-known IT and intellectual property lawyer Zhao occupied the 21st century economic report Reporter: "Patent war is an important means of competition between enterprises, but also a relatively high level of competition means, the reason why the patent war, at least explain their own patent reserves Relatively rich, to some extent also shows that home appliance business technology innovation and technology accumulation more and more. But if the hands of both sides have their own core, basic patents, and has not been declared invalid, the results of patent warfare may be settled in a settlement, and ultimately may take a patent cross-licensing. & Rdquo;
According to the number of patents disclosed in the disclosure, as of 2016, the United States and the United States has a total of 26,000 authorized patents, 1316 patent applications in 2016, including 5562 invention patents; Gree Electric 2016 annual report disclosed, as of December 31, 2016, the company has authorized patents 15,862, 2016 annual invention patent license reached 911.
Patent war also reflects the intensification of competition between Gree and the United States. From the business accounted for the point of view, air conditioning is always Gree main business, Gree all business in the proportion of up to 94.52%. While the United States living appliances and other business accounted for 74.42%, air conditioning was 26.58%.
Air conditioning from the performance of the first half of this year, can be described as rapid growth, Wang Yongtao told reporters: the first half of the air conditioning sales are expected to have about 28% growth. This year early in the summer, the season is also too early, while the brand investment, drainage is particularly large, so the first half performance better than expected. But the second half, according to the weather, real estate and other feedback data, we expect sales will be lower than last year. & Rdquo;