In the past, Huawei has been involved in many lawsuits and trademark as well as patent disputes. Despite the outcome, Huawei continues to make new technologies and win consumers’ hearts. Recently, a well-known tech maker – Sony has come into the discussion and filed a lawsuit against Huawei over its smartwatch trademark.
What’s the whole scenario? Let’s check it out.
Every year, Huawei launches a number of new smartwatches. Before June 2, 2021, the company launched its flagship smartwatches under the “Watch GT” series. So, what happened after June 2, 2021? Well, Huawei launched the new HarmonyOS powered Watch 3 series, which also comes with new features as well as flagship designs.
Despite the launch of the Watch 3 lineup, reports suggest that Huawei will launch a new smartwatch in the Watch GT series and it’ll be called Watch GT 3. That’s where the dispute draws between Huawei and Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Findings coming from LetsGoDigital reveals that Huawei has applied for a trademark for the words “GT 3” and “GT 5” at European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Following the application, the patent registration authority will review and publish the patent. During this procedure, any third party is eligible to file an objection.
Does Sony want to Fight Huawei?
After Huawei’s GT 3 and GT 5 trademark application, Sony filed an appeal in 2016 to oppose Huawei’s trademark. After this timeline, Sony once again launched another petition against the trademarks in 2019.
To be mentioned, during the second dispute, Huawei has already launched Watch GT and GT 2 smartwatches in the market.
Even after this, Sony went two-step further and want to continue its fight against Huawei. Therefore, it filed a lawsuit against the Chinese tech giant in the European Union in August 2021. However, the outcome is still undecided at the moment.
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Why Sony Objecting “GT”:
To know this matter, we first need to understand that “GT” name for Sony. Gran Turismo is a Japanese series of racing simulation video games developed by Polyphony Digital and for PlayStation systems, which is a gaming console of Sony Interactive entertainment.
Sony Thinks that it owns “Exclusive” rights to own not only the name ‘Gran Turismo” but also its abbreviation “GT”, which is laughable.
First of all, the GT name doesn’t refer to its game title, and GT doesn’t belong to any firm including Sony. Therefore, Huawei doesn’t want to give up on its one of the best-selling smartwatch lineup titles.
Huawei to sell large capacity battery for renewable energy in Japan
With the growing demand for renewable energy, large-scale battery storage will be needed to conserve the power for a stable supply. According to NikkeiAsia, Huawei will start selling the large-scale battery system for renewable energy storage in Japan in March 2022.
As per the information, Japan is moving away from fossil fuels and shifting to renewable energy. The nation aims to have renewables account for 36% to 38% of energy generation by 2030. The lack of additional capacity in its power grid makes facilities for temporary storage that much more important.
However, Huawei is already a supplier of the small household battery system in Japan. Now, the Chinese tech maker will purchase small battery packs from CATL and bundle them into shipping container-sized units that can each store 2,000 kilowatt-hours of energy — roughly 200 times as much as a standard home battery.
Also, the container capacity can be adjusted based on the buyer’s needs. To be mentioned, Huawei is stepping its feet in the renewable power storage system sector, which is also already occupied by Tesla. Since last year, Tesla has been selling its own large battery system in Japan.
According to the research firm Fuji Keizai, the Japanese market for battery storage for solar and wind power to grow from an estimated 16.7 billion yen ($146 million) in 2020 to 45.8 billion yen in 2030.
Moreover, Huawei’s Japanese arm is eyeing the Hokkaido market, where there is much potential for renewable energy generation but a lack of spare grid capacity. Also, Huawei Japan President James Chen said that “rapid development in solar power technology and cost reduction” in Japan.
On the other hand, Tesla has already installed its first Megapack in Japan last April at a research facility in Ibaraki Prefecture run by Takasago Thermal Engineering. The system controls power flows from solar and biomass gasification facilities there.
This summer season, it is ready to start up a Megapack in Hokkaido connected directly to the transmission grid, to be operated by emerging power provider Global Engineering. However, Japan Renewable Energy, a power company recently acquired by oil wholesaler Eneos Holdings, has said it is using a Tesla battery system in a demonstration project.
Japan has its own producers of large battery systems, such as NGK Insulators and Sumitomo Electric Industries that deliver dozens per year to customers inside and outside Japan.
But the Power companies including Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings, and trading houses such as Sumitomo Corp. and Marubeni are looking forward for commercialize large storage systems made up of linked auto batteries.
Tesla Japan is expected to sell its systems for $440 per kWh or less, and Huawei aims to be competitive with that price. Meanwhile, an executive at an emerging power company Japan said “When we get batteries, we pick the company with the lowest cost,” that is involved in renewable energy.
Huawei and China Unicom achieves new breakthrough in 5G super uplink technology
Huawei and China Unicom have recently adapted 5G super uplink “cross-site” flexible pairing technology for the first time in the industry. This triggered the first to use, large-scale commercial use of the entire network system.
Also, the latest collaboration between Huawei and China Unicom further strengthens the cooperation between two firms and promotes the joint operation of the 5G network and technology as well as efficiently promotes the development of the 5G super uplink industry.
5G Super Uplink:
With 5G super uplink “cross-site” flexible pairing technology, the optimal super uplink pairing between a TDD (Time Division Duplex) cell and a nearby FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) cell can be achieved, which can effectively improve 5G The effective ratio of super uplink users improves 5G network coverage and user experience.
Tests on the live network show that Guangzhou Unicom adopts the 5G super uplink “cross-site” flexible pairing technology, which increases the uplink coverage of edge users by an average of 5dB.
As a result, the experience of users with effective super uplink has been greatly improved. The proportion of low-rate experience of super uplink users on the entire network has been reduced from 15% to 3%, and the corresponding 5G traffic has also increased by 5 – 10%.
Guangzhou, as the “capital of live broadcast e-commerce”, ranks among the top in the country for live broadcast e-commerce. The proportion of 5G video application traffic is around 60%, and applications such as live broadcast, online meetings, online courses, high-definition pictures and large file uploads are becoming more and more popular.
The large-scale deployment of 5G Super Uplink will bring the coverage and capacity improvement at the edge of the network, which will enable China Unicom Super Uplink users to enter the 1080p Full HD and 4K Ultra HD era for their uplink video experience, and continue to meet users’ growing uplink service experience and requirements.
Huawei is listed in key projects list of Qingdao City in 2022
Huawei is continuously working and expanding its business in every sector alongside its major smartphone. According to the latest news, Huawei’s new projects have appeared on the Qingdao city municipal major projects 2022 list.
On January 10, the Qingdao Development and Reform Commission has officially released the Qingdao municipal major projects list. The projects are implemented in 2022 with the consent of the Qingdao city municipal government.
Also, the new information reveals that major companies listed in the key projects 2022 of Qingdao city list include Huawei, BOE, Konka, Royale, Goertek, and more. Further, this year’s “No. 1 Document” and “Notice on the announcement of the List of Major Projects in Qingdao in 2022″, Qingdao once again aimed to four new economies with focusing on the main direction of advanced manufacturing, planning ahead, careful investigation, and performing sincerely
According to the idea of ”concentrate on key projects and focus on key projects”, the Qingdao city government researched and determined that in 2022, the city will arrange 416 major projects with a total investment of 928.21 billion yuan.
Qingdao city project planning:
The Qingdao government announced that the 416 major projects include 300 construction projects with a total investment of 639.56 billion yuan. While the rest 116 initial projects with a total investment of 288.65 billion yuan.
The notice also discloses that out of 416 projects, 238 are “four new” economic projects, with a total investment of 415.506 billion yuan, and the number and investment ratio are 57.2% and 44.8%, respectively.
From the point of view of industrial sectors, the top three industrial sectors accounting for 44.3% are:
- High-end equipment industry
- The new-generation information technology industry
- New energy and materials industry
The major construction projects include:
- Huawei Artificial Intelligence Computing Center project
- Qingdao Microelectronics Industrial Park and intelligent microsystem module industrialization project
- BOE IoT mobile display port device production base project
- CIS photosensitive chip packaging and camera module manufacturing projects
- Sixth generation fully flexible color AMOLED display production line project
- Huaxin Jingyuan’s third-generation semiconductor compound wafer substrate project,
- Qingdao Fusion New Material Technology Co., Ltd.’s mini LED backplane project and more.