Lenovo called for a ban on the sale of ASUS

Lenovo called for a ban on the sale of ASUS laptops due to technology theft

Lenovo has filed a lawsuit against ASUSTek Computer and ASUS Computer International seeking damages and the cessation of sales of Zenbook series laptops and other products that allegedly infringe Lenovo’s patent rights. In total, the lawsuit mentions four Lenovo patents that describe a screen hinge device, a power management system, a Wi-Fi latency reduction technology and an original way to use the touchpad.

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The lawsuit, filed Nov. 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, says Lenovo is seeking a lawsuit “Damages, including lost profits, caused by the alleged patent infringement.” The lawsuit is based on four patents:

  • The patent “Methods and devices for transferring resources in blocks” was granted by Lenovo in 2021. It describes a technology to reduce uplink packet transmission delays by reducing the number of steps a wireless device takes to download data.
  • Another Lenovo patent describes a way to manage device power using a wireless network and a “magic packet” transmitted over it without shaking hands with the wireless access point.
  • Another patent that Lenovo is suing on was granted in 2010. It describes a method of scrolling diagonally anywhere on the touchpad using two fingers.
  • Lenovo also accuses ASUS of infringing the “Dual Hinge with Angle Timing Shaft Mechanism” patent obtained in 2014, which describes a screen hinge that allows the laptop to switch from clamshell mode to tablet mode.

Lenovo needs ASUS “has ceased to market, advertise, distribute, offer for sale, sell or otherwise transfer, including moving or shipping inventory.”, which infringe the four patents in question. However, Lenovo argues that these restrictions will not significantly harm consumers or competition in the U.S. due to Asus’ smaller market share. According to IDC, ASUS had about 7.1% of the PC market (including laptops and desktops) in the third quarter of 2023, with Lenovo leading the way with a 23.5% share.

John Mulgrew, Lenovo’s deputy general counsel and chief intellectual property officer, believes Lenovo should do this “Defend your patent portfolio more proactively” taking into account its role as licensee and licensor. He emphasized Lenovo’s commitment to fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing terms. Today, Lenovo’s patent portfolio includes more than 28,000 patents, of which 14,000 are pending.

Mulgrew added this “Litigation is always a last resort for Lenovo”. However, the company has filed numerous lawsuits recently, including a dispute with Framework over the shape of the power button, a patent dispute with InterDigital, and an ongoing legal battle with Ericsson over 5G technologies.

In response to lawsuits filed by ASUS in the Patent Court of the Munich Regional Court in August 2023, Lenovo also filed a patent infringement lawsuit against ASUS with the US International Trade Commission (ITC). Lenovo claims that ASUS’ lawsuits are related to cellular technologies that Lenovo provided to ASUS “Cross-licensing deal as a solution”.

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