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Patent protection: EU launches WTO legal action against China

The EU has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization against China because the People’s Republic prevents EU companies from taking patent disputes to foreign courts. “China severely restricts EU companies with rights to key technologies, such as 3G, 4G, and 5G, from protecting these rights when their patents are used illegally or without appropriate compensation by, for example, Chinese mobile phone manufacturers,” the European Commission said. Specifically, this particularly affects telecommunications companies such as Ericsson and Nokia, which hold patents related to mobile standards such as 5G.

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