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Huawei Sues Amazon Over E Ink Patents

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Huawei has filed a lawsuit against Amazon and its product partners in China over infringing the E Ink patents. The case aims at Amazon’s subsidiary in Beijing and Compal Electronics’ three subsidiaries. Amazon’s Kindle e-readers are currently produced in China by Compal Electronics.

Yet, the official documents still need to be released by the People’s Court of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. But we can argue that the litigation revolves around Kindle e-readers and Huawei’s MatePad Paper. The Chinese company managed to sell over 110,000 units of MatePad Paper in China and surpass Kindle sales after just two months.

The trial begins on December 8, 2022, and Amazon and Compal Electronics must prove they haven’t violated Huawei’s patent rights. Compal Electronics is one of the biggest Chinese manufactorers, working with well-known brands, including Google, Lenovo, Dell, HP, and Acer.

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Additionally, Amazon has already announced that it will pull Kindle tablets out of the China market by 2023. The Kindle app will also be removed from Chinese stores by June 30, 2024. The decision comes on the heels of increased pressure on local and foreign companies by Chinese authorities for censorship.

Amazon is accused of E Ink patent infringement

Huawei is currently one of the biggest patent rights holders in the world, with over 110,000 valid patents under its domain. The company also has 2,770 patents in the United States, putting it in the fifth position regarding granted patents. Though, Huawei is not operating in the US and may be unable to return to this market. Back in 2021, Huawei bought 90 patents from Blackberry. The Chinese OEM also ranks first in its hometown China and Europe.

Holding patents right allows companies like Huawei to keep their dominance in the market even after being sanctioned by the US administration. The Chinese company is now under US sanctions due to its suspicious relationships with the Chinese government. Also, its vision for doing business in the US is fading after the FCC proposed a new set of bans on its operations.

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