China calls U.S. politicizing IP disputes 'ridiculous'
Responding to U.S. plans to investigate Chinese telecom equipment makers, China's State Intellectual Property Office says vendors should resolve IP disputes legally and adds that Huawei and ZTE's IPs are on par with their Western counterparts.
China has voiced its displeasure with the United States over what it describes as "ridiculous" politicizing of IP disputes concerning Chinese telecom equipment makers, Huawei and ZTE.
Tian Lipu, commissioner of the country's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), said in a Xinhua News Agency report Sunday: "IP right is a private right and we oppose its politicization.
"It is a little ridiculous for the U.S. to penalize Chinese companies with intellectual properties. It reflects the anxiety and irrationality of some people. I hope they can change such practices, " Tian said.
Businesses should be allowed to resolve IP disputes themselves through legal and judicial means, he noted, adding that public policies should take social impacts into account.
According to the Xinhua report, the USITC will set a target date for completing the investigations within 45 days. Should the complaint be approved, the panel will issue remedial orders such as a ban on the import of products manufactured by the Chinese vendors. Huawei and ZTE have denied the patent claims and said they would actively fight the suit.
Chinese IPs on par with the West Tian said Huawei Technologies and ZTE were leading property owners in the global IT market and main applicants of the world's Patent Cooperation Treaty. "They are on par with any western multinational corporation in the quantity and quality of owned intellectual property," he said. "They comply with international business rules and safety rules in operations."