Swiss win in Chinese court over IP theft

July 29, 2021 // By Peter Clarke
Swiss win in Chinese court over IP theft
Fabless wireless communications chip and positioning module vendor u-blox AG (Thalwil, Switzerland) has won a court case against a Chinese company in the Hangzhou Intermediate People's Court.

The Swiss firm said that the court ruled in its favor in separate copyright and patent infringement lawsuits the company filed against Techtotop Microelectronic Technology Co. Ltd. (Dongguan, Guangdong province).

The rulings found that Techtotop infringed on u-blox’s intellectual property in its TD1030 navigation chips and that Techtotop must pay damages of RMB 11 million (about US$1.7 million).

The case goes back to 2019 when u-blox noticed similar functionality within Techtotop's TD1030 chip and u-blox' M8 GNSS receiver chip. u-blox concluded that the similarities must have been the result of illegal copying of u-blox's source code by Techtotop.

The court has instructed Techtotop to cease producing and distributing the TD1030 navigation chip and navigation modules that contain the infringing software and pay the damages.

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www.u-blox.com

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