Europe and China are drawn to each other contrary to geopolitics, India is trying to overtake everyone, and Google is applying to Rospatent.
Western and Eastern patent monsters first litigate, then settle, improving their own records at the same time. The Americans are teaching artificial intelligence to look for errors in logs, and Russia, after all, is not leaving Google. All this in our traditional digest of the most interesting news.
A daughter of China’s BBK Electronics is returning to Europe after its second daughter reconciled with Nokia
The manufacturer of OnePlus smartphones, the BBK brand, has resumed the sale of its gadgets in Germany after concluding an agreement on cross-licensing patents for 5G communication technologies between Oppo and Nokia.
We have already written about the agreement of the last two in ours previous digest: Since 2021, Nokia has been suing Oppo in 12 jurisdictions around the world, alleging patent infringement and failure to pay royalties. On January 23, 2024, it became known that the firms entered into an agreement, including the cross-licensing of standard-essential patents, and ended all legal proceedings.
Oppo is another smartphone manufacturer within BBK and the fourth in the world according to IDC. The company agreed to pay all owed payments to Nokia and shortly thereafter in German stores. appeared OnePlus models, including the folding OnePlus Open, and the possibility of pre-ordering the next flagships.
BBK also owns the brands Vivo and Realme. In addition to Germany, the dispute with Nokia forced other BBK subsidiaries to limit their work in European markets to one degree or another. primarily in Great Britain, in particular in Russia. There is reason to assume that now the range of smartphones available in the Old World will increase again.
Meanwhile, Nokia found a common language with another Chinese giant on the same issue. Cross-licensing of 5G and other cellular technologies has been established with HONOR.
The development and licensing of technologies has become practically the main business for Nokia in recent years. By 2021, about 4 billion euros have been invested in this direction. The corporation’s patent portfolio is one of the largest on the market, the Nokia Technologies division received 242 million euros in revenue in the first quarter of 2023 alone. So, patent wars with occasional patent truces will be waged regularly by Nokia.
Europe wants to be friends with China with patents
While Chinese brands are returning to European shelves, the owners of the latter are trying to overcome the potential gap with China, which was a consequence of the de-risking policy.
De-risking is a European attempt to sit on two chairs against the background of a clear cooling of relations between the US and China. It envisages such trade and economic relations with the People’s Republic of China that will allow European countries to benefit from this cooperation, but not to suffer either from too active cooperation or from too limited cooperation. The European Union, for example, receives 98% of the rare earth metals used there from China. In particular, 97% lithium, without which it is difficult to imagine the production and development of modern batteries.
Western mass media claimthat Europe invented De-risking, looking at the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and realizing its “economic dependence on geopolitical rivals”.
Anyway, the Reconnect China project has been developed in the Old World. Its purpose is to determine in which areas cooperation with China would be desirable for Europe, in which areas it would be possible, and in which areas it would be impossible. One of the main tasks is to increase the understanding of the People’s Republic of China in Europe, to increase expertise regarding this country. As part of this task, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) released a study on the catastrophic decline in academic cooperation and mobility between Germany and China.
However, the number of joint Sino-European patents has only been growing in recent years, another study by Reconnect China found. For the period from 2011 to 2022, 12,415 joint patent applications of Chinese and European companies and organizations were found.
On the European side, the most active collaborators are Germany, Finland and Sweden (in the study, applicants and inventors are divided; the first are companies that submit an application, the second are people, authors of the development). Nokia topped the rating of European companies based on joint applications with Chinese companies, and Huawei topped the ranking.
At the same time, the researchers noticed that the number of joint scientific publications is also increasing, especially in the field of artificial intelligence research.
247 applications per day: India sets records for patents
Meanwhile, India, which recently overtook China in terms of population, does not want to lag behind in inventive activity. On average, 2023 in the country were served 247 patent applications per day, this is a record for the last 20 years and a doubling of the indicator for the last 9 years.
Research in the field of computer technologies, communications and biomedicine is developing especially rapidly. Activity in these areas is considered a consequence of the implementation of the Digital India program launched in July 2015 by the local government. She meant, first of all, digitization of state services, provision of Internet access to rural areas and improvement of digital literacy of the population.
Innovation leaders for the entire twenty-year period are mechanical engineering (20% of all patents) and chemistry (16%). Another factor in the improvement of the innovation climate is the shortening of application review periods and, in general, the fight against bureaucratic obstacles that have traditionally prevented the registration of inventions.
Samsung invented a smartphone with a folding screen
Not only Apple and the Chinese with their complex smartphones are sleeping and seeing how to dilute the universal concept of a rectangular brick. Samsung two months ago submitted patent applications describing a sliding display device In the patents, it is explained using the example of smartphones, but it is not proposed to limit its use to this type of device.
The screen can move up or down. Drawings explaining how this mechanism works show a square gadget, but they also do not insist on such a shape. Tech journalists also managed to find a reference to a “watch-shaped smartphone” in Samsung’s patent documentation.
AI in log file analysis: will fix errors that haven’t happened yet
Nano Dimension Ltd., an American industrial equipment company, has filed a patent application entitled “Large language models for efficient anomaly detection in industrial machine log files” (“Log Analysis Patent”).
The development involves the use of models based on artificial intelligence for real-time analysis of industrial systems and their detection of anomalies. It has to solve two main problems: log files are getting bigger as machines become more complicated and data acquisition capabilities increase, and analysis is usually done after the fact, not allowing for real-time adjustments. The invention of Nano Dimension will make it possible to predict errors even before they occur.
Google went to Rospatent
The Russian daughter of Google is going bankrupt, the regulators are taking billions in fines from it, but the corporation clearly does not want to lose the market. By the end of 2023 Google applied for the registration of at least three more trademarks: YOUTUBE SUPER STICKERS, YOUTUBE SUPER CHAT and YOUTUBE BRANDCONNECT. YouTube itself in Russia is in a precarious position: they already want to block it, but they cannot, because it is needed by itself. And the mentioned brands refer to ways of making money on broadcasts and advertising.
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