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Qualcomm repeats China 3G ownership claim


Mike Clendenin
EE Times
(11/17/2005 8:29 AM EST)

HONG KONG — The road to success for China’s domestic 3G mobile standard may still need to take a detour through San Diego, as Qualcomm Inc. said Thursday (Nov. 17) that it remains determined to pursue IP royalties for TD-SCDMA technology.

It’s very likely that China will begin commercializing the technology next year, after it wraps up a final field trial in the spring and once handset vendors have ramped up capacity. But TD-SCDMA, which the Chinese government has favored because much of the IP belongs to domestic companies, may still be subject to claims by CDMA giant Qualcomm.

“We definitely have essential patents in TD-SCDMA, just like in all CDMA related technologies. We have 60 licensees worldwide for TD-SCDMA and w-CDMA, although we don’t have any licensees in China on TD-SCDMA,” said Frank Meng, president of Qualcomm China. “Once it gets to the stage of commercialization, then we will work with the Chinese companies to get licensing agreements.”

Chinese officials and industry players have reacted coolly in the past to Qualcomm’s assertion. Yang Hua, secretary-general of the TD-SCDMA Industry Alliance, said he believes that its members own “most of the core and essential IP” needed in TD-SCDMA, and those patents have been cross-licensed among members.

Li Wanli, vice chairman of the TD-SCDMA Forum, and an executive at Siemens, said Qualcomm has not submitted a detailed list of patent claims regarding TD-SCDMA, despite raising the issue about two years ago. “If they do so, then we can begin to negotiate,” he said.

Meng said Qualcomm will probably step up its efforts to iron out an agreement in the next year.

Even with loose ends regarding IP, the level of royalty payments for TD-SCDMA isn’t expected to reach the level it did with CDMA in China, said Johan Pross, chief executive of T3G, a TD-SCMDA chipmaker backed by Philips, Motorola and Samsung.

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When the first tests began, the trials on TD-SCDMA seemed underwhelming, and privately China Mobile is grumbling and wants to put a W-CDMA network. Just in order to push TD-SCDMA in China, the government delayed the introduction of other 3G network standards in China, putting the 3G infrastructure in China behind that of its neighbors. Huawei though, seems to have all sorts of contracts here and there from Europe to South American putting up UMTS, W-CDMA and CDMA2000 networks for clients.

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Tests show serious problems with key TD-SCDMA services
by Zhang Danwei

The tests showed that several feature services have serious problems.

Shanghai. July 10. INTERFAX-CHINA - Serious problems exist with key TD-SCDMA services, according to test results released by China Mobile's Shanghai subsidiary on July 9.

Shanghai Mobile said its parent company asked it to perform tests on 10 of 18 TD-SCDMA services. The tests showed that several feature services, including mobile TV, video conferencing, multimedia color ring back tone (CRBT) and Push to Talk over Cellular (POC) services, have serious problems.

The tests recorded an 83 percent success rate for creating video conference calls, 7 percentage points lower than China Mobile's acceptable standard. The success rate for inviting people into conference calls came to 84 percent, six percentage points lower than acceptable, while the success rate for users entering a video conference was 75 percent, 15 percentage points lower than acceptable.

In turn, video conferencing calls did not always commence when programmed on a terminal to do so at a certain time, like an alarm clock, according to the report.

The report said that POC services sometimes could not support basic communication needs due to platform instability, and communication could not be sustained for longer than five minutes.

In CRBT tests, the successful play rate came to only 84 percent, 11 percentage points lower than acceptable standards.

Specific problems with TD-SCDMA terminals also plagued the tests. New Postcom and Hisense terminals often froze during testing, and Hisense terminals could not accurately display CRBT multimedia, the report said.

In addition, New Postcom and Hisense terminals had difficulty downloading videos during mobile TV tests. Shanghai Mobile said other problems included unclear images, long buffering times and mismatches between sound and image. The report said the poor mobile TV service was mainly due to handset quality issues.

When attempting to play mobile TV, some Lenovo terminals showed a black screen, some New Postcom terminals froze and some Samsung terminals cut off the video feed after 62 seconds, the report said.

Similar problems have been reported in almost all China Mobile-appointed testing cities.

The report said similar problems have been reported in almost all China Mobile-appointed testing cities, and that such problems are the reasons behind low TD-SCDMA customer satisfaction rates.

China Mobile kicked off commercial trials of the home-grown 3G mobile telecommunication standard in eight cities on April 1.
 

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Huawei Sales Up 46% In 2008
January 9, 2009


Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies increased its sales by 46% year-on-year to USD23.3 billion in 2008.

Sun Yafang, president of Huawei, said in an email to employees that the current global economic situation is still very complicated and Huawei will seize opportunities and face more challenges in 2009. The company will hopefully raise its global sales to USD30 billion this year.

The reports in local media state a major part of the total sales published by Huawei is based on its contract sales and the actual sales of Huawei was estimated at 72% to 75% of the contract sales. Using these figures, the actual sales of Huawei in 2008 were about USD17 billion.

In terms of income, Huawei has become the world's fifth largest telecommunications companies, following Cisco, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks.
 

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When the first tests began, the trials on TD-SCDMA seemed underwhelming, and privately China Mobile is grumbling and wants to put a W-CDMA network. Just in order to push TD-SCDMA in China, the government delayed the introduction of other 3G network standards in China, putting the 3G infrastructure in China behind that of its neighbors. Huawei though, seems to have all sorts of contracts here and there from Europe to South American putting up UMTS, W-CDMA and CDMA2000 networks for clients.

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Tests show serious problems with key TD-SCDMA services
by Zhang Danwei

The tests showed that several feature services have serious problems.

Shanghai. July 10. INTERFAX-CHINA - Serious problems exist with key TD-SCDMA services, according to test results released by China Mobile's Shanghai subsidiary on July 9.

Shanghai Mobile said its parent company asked it to perform tests on 10 of 18 TD-SCDMA services. The tests showed that several feature services, including mobile TV, video conferencing, multimedia color ring back tone (CRBT) and Push to Talk over Cellular (POC) services, have serious problems.

The tests recorded an 83 percent success rate for creating video conference calls, 7 percentage points lower than China Mobile's acceptable standard. The success rate for inviting people into conference calls came to 84 percent, six percentage points lower than acceptable, while the success rate for users entering a video conference was 75 percent, 15 percentage points lower than acceptable.

In turn, video conferencing calls did not always commence when programmed on a terminal to do so at a certain time, like an alarm clock, according to the report.
The introduction of new technology will inadvertenly facing teething problem that is normal specially with China who is not exactly the giant in Telecom But my understading is that because the poor handset produced by local manufacturer That is the reason why they bring in Siemens and Ericsson But most of the problem has been solved after taking 3 years delay. and you are right they delay the issuance of licence in order to support TD SCDMA Anyway if Qualcomm insist on licence fee they will got fight on hand as the Chinese has granted patent to Datang mobile and consortium of Hand set maker

China took another step toward its long-cherished goal of operating high-speed telecom services, with China Mobile dishing out over $4 billion of deals and smaller rival Unicom hoping to win a 3G license soon.

But analysts continued to warn that while the billions of dollars need to be invested under an ambitious government-orchestrated plan, carriers and investors should not expect quick returns with consumers likely to tighten spending in a worsening economy.

China Mobile, the world's largest mobile provider, is now in talks with Motorola and Sony-Ericsson on acquiring dual-band cellphones that can used on China's homegrown third-generation wireless standard, known as TD-SCDMA.

Chairman Wang Jianzhou said yesterday the firm had completed tenders for the building of the second phase of that network, sealing deals worth reportedly 30 billion yuan.

That will allow the firm to jumpstart construction of a network that is expected to begin operating in mid-2009.

"With TD-SCDMA, one headache now is that the available handsets are just not of good enough quality," Wang told Reuters in a brief interview on the sidelines of an Asian wireless telecommunications conference.

Wang said customers in trials had complained about dropped lines, a problem with handsets and not the network
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But revenue from 3G applications and content such as multimedia, music and games will not come in time to offset a sharp deceleration in consumer spending. China Mobile last month posted a 26-percent jump in third-quarter net profit but disappointed investors with a sharp drop in growth.

"To try and compensate for the slowdown in revenue growth, we're going to accelerate the pace of our investment in rural markets," Wang said.

China's Mobile's second phase of 3G expansion would expand services to 28 more cities, taking the mobile giant's coverage to 38 cities next year, Wang added.

But the competition is coming on fast.

China Unicom, the smaller of the country's two existing mobile operators, expects Beijing to speed up the issue of 3G licences, Chairman Chang Xiaobing said on yesterday.

Meanwhile, developing a TD-SCDMA network will take time for China Mobile - which may hurt its current two-thirds share of users - and the market is not yet big enough to justify full commercial operations, said Marvin Lo, telecom analyst for Daiwa Securities.

"With economic conditions deteriorating... very likely consumers will tighten their spending," he said.

Wang would not say which firms had won tenders, or for how much.

ZTE Corp, China's No 2 telecommunications equipment vendor, had won about 28 percent of the 30 billion yuan in orders from China Mobile, the South China Morning Post reported over the weekend.

ZTE executives declined to confirm nor deny that on yesterday.

Other winners in the tender may include Datang Mobile, the patent and holder of the TD-SCDMA technology, together with Alcatel Shanghai, Huawei Technologies and Siemens Networks, the newspaper said.

Shares of ZTE slid as much as 6.4 percent, while China Mobile dived 3.8 percent - narrowly outperforming the benchmark Hang Seng Index's 4.5 percent fall.

China Mobile said on Tuesday it will sign a contract with Nokia for the Finnish firm to supply dual-band handsets next year compatible with both GSM and TD-SCDMA networks.

Wang told reporters the company was also in talks with Motorola and Sony-Ericsson on the supply of dual band handsets.

Unicom chairman Chang Xiaobing told reporters that he hoped the company would get a 3G license by year-end. Unicom aims to have data services account for 50 percent of revenue in future, Chang said, but did not give a timeframe for that target.

"I suspect that licence may not be issued by year-end as China Unicom is hoping for. They (Chinese government) will put a higher priority on the development of TD-SCDMA first before any 3G licence could be issued," Lo argued.
 
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Speaking of Huawei, it became the world's top patent seeker last year according to a UN measure.

China's Huawei seeks most 2008 international patents

GENEVA, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies, China's largest telecoms equipment maker, was the world's top international patent seeker last year, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday.
It was the first time a Chinese company topped the list of applicants for World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) patent protection, which the Netherlands' Philips Electronics had dominated for about a decade.
Philips slipped to third spot behind Japan's Panasonic Corp. in 2008, a year in which WIPO received a record 164,000 applications in spite of the global financial and economic turmoil that bled markets and pinched corporate budgets.
Other top applicants included Japan's Toyota and Fujitsu, Germany's Robert Bosch and Siemens, Finland's Nokia, South Korea's LG Electronics and Sweden's Ericsson.
China was the sixth-largest patent filer by country, behind the United States, Japan, Germany, South Korea, and France.
International patent filings are lagging economic indicators, because companies seek them after having invested in and developed inventions that may have commercial value abroad. They also generally first apply for patents in their home countries.
In the wake of previous downturns, the number of patent filings dropped sharply before rebounding.
WIPO Director-General Francis Gurry said the world's current economic woes should not cause as dramatic a decrease as seen in the Depression era, when patent applications dropped 30 percent from 1929 to 1933 and did not rebound until the 1950s.
"We are not expecting that," he told a news briefing in Geneva, where WIPO has its headquarters.
"It is a much more technologically driven society now and the economy is more dependent on technology. Some companies will look to innovation as a way out of difficulty," he said.
WIPO's Patent Cooperation Treaty (PERCENT) system lets companies seek patent protections for their inventions in a number of countries at once, using the same application.
The PERCENT filings represent a small portion of the worldwide patent applications lodged every year, most of which are for one country only. That total was estimated at 1.7 million in 2006. (Reporting by Laura MacInnis; Editing by Andrew Macdonald)
 

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I came across an article while netsurfacing, while quite interesting I didnt think of keeping the site.

While listing the top five patent countries and the inventions, it noted that different countries renumerated. the inventor differently . To put it simply Japanese file individual patents that make up the whole, thus getting paid for several patents rather than the one invention. (Anyway I think it was something like that)
 

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Human embryos cloned for treatment in Shandong

BEIJING, Feb. 3 -- A research team at the Shandong Stem Cell Engineering Research Center has successfully cloned five human blastulas from 135 eggs on experiment, according to a press conference jointly held by the research center and a hospital in Yantai on Monday.

Of the five cloned human blastulas, four were from skin fibrocytes of healthy donors while the other one was from lymphocytes of patients with Parkinson disease.

At the press release, leader of the research team, Li Jianyuan explained the newly invented cloning technology is expected to facilitate medical treatment for patients like the sufferers of Parkinson disease.

Prestigious expert in animal cloning, Chen Dayuan complimented the progress, saying the generation of human blastulas would hopefully heal patients by replacing cells and organs under pathological change with ones their bodies have developed healthily.

This way, rejection related to antisense gene transfer could be avoided.

The web edition of science journal "Cloning and Stem Cells" reported the Chinese scientific achievement on January 27, 2009.

(Source: CRI.com)


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Hendrik_2000

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Steady growth in China's science and technology investments in 2007

January 08, 2009

According to the National Bureau of Statistics website on January 7, the report on investments in science and technology, jointly issued by the National Bureau of Statistics, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Finance, shows that investments in science and technology in China continued to grow steadily in 2007. Total expenditures in research and development (R&D) reached 371 billion yuan, up by 70.7 billion yuan or 23.5% from the previous year and accounted for a record high of 1.49% of China's GDP in 2007.

National fiscal budget in science and technology totaled 211.4 billion yuan, up by 42.5 billion yuan or 25.2% from the previous year. The amount represented 4.25% of total national fiscal expenditures, the highest percentage since 1998.

Enterprises of all types recorded 268.2 billion yuan, research institutions affiliated with government departments 68.8 billion yuan, and colleges and universities 31.5 billion yuan, respectively representing 72.3%, 18.5% and 8.5% of the total R&D expenditures. Enterprises’ percentage of total R&D expenditures saw a growth of 1.2 percentage points from the previous year.

Basic research expenditures reached 17.45 billion yuan, up 12% from the previous year. Applied research expenditures totaled 49.29 billion yuan, up 0.8% from the previous year. R&D reached 304.28 billion yuan, an increase of 29% from the previous year. Basic research, applied research and R&D respectively accounted for 4.7%, 13.3% and 82% of the total spending.

R&D in eight industries, including the specialized equipment manufacturing and the pharmaceutical manufacturing industries exceeded 1% of the total revenue earned by the primary business of the industry they are in.

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BEIJING, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- China's software export soared 39 percent last year to 14.2 billion U.S. dollars from 2007, despite the international financial crisis, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) Wednesday.

The export included 1.59 billion dollars from outsourcing services, up 54.3 percent year on year.

MIIT said the software industry maintained a rapid growth last year, with the business revenue increasing by 29.8 percent to 757.3 billion yuan (110.8 billion U.S. dollars). The growth rate was 8.3 percentage points higher than a year earlier.

But, the growth slowed down in December. The sector's revenue went up 19.2 percent to 59.6 billion yuan in December, 9.3 percentage points lower than November and 11.7 percentage points lower than the same period of a year earlier.

The sales of software products hit 316.6 billion yuan last year, up 32 percent year-on-year, It made up 41.8 percent of the sector's total revenue.
 

bladerunner

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good that its progressing, but all things aside, it has a long way to go to emulate India for IT services, and we could possibly see a retrenchment of these services offshored in an edeavour to protect jobs, as they can be quickly implemented. However the domestic market in China could be very big in due course
 
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