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.
Samsung is a ‘copycat’, blames Apple
Samsung is a copycat, said an Apple official in a recent documentary published by WSJ about the evolution of the iPhone ahead of the iPhone 14 launch event. The documentary features Apple’s Chief of Marketing – Greg Joswiak, along with iPhone co-creator Tony Fadell and a family of iPhone users.
Aside from talking about the innovation that Apple made so far in the world of iPhones, some criticism had also been made on Samsung and Android. Joswiak said, they (Samsung and Android) were annoying and accused them of copying Apple-developed technologies to feature on their own smartphones.
He told that Samsung became a copycat and ripped Apple’s technology and created a poor copy of it on a big display, which was unpleasant to watch for Apple staff.
Back in 2013, Samsung launched its big screen device Galaxy S4 with a 5-inch display, on the same year, Apple unveiled iPhone 5 with a 4-inch display. Later on, Apple realize to increase the size of their phones, thereafter, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was launched with over 4.7 and 5.5-inch displays respectively.
Apple didn’t stop at complaining regarding this entire scenario, as it dragged Samsung to a legal filing, which later coasted Samsung to pay over 1 billion USD in fine. However, Samsung requested to lower the fine and two of the firms later settled this matter.
Throughout the years, Samsung has profound its ability to make OLED, QLED, and LCD displays, and Apple since then has been a big customer to purchase the display from the South Korean tech maker.
Both the companies rival the smartphone market but still, the business standards are up on the right place for each other.
That’s not it, Samsung has also innovated the world’s first foldable display devices. These are key technologies for the future and Apple is likely to grab them for its own devices (once it’s ready to adapt them).
(via – MacRumors)
Huawei Global AI Challenge has US$210,000 prize money
Huawei has officially the global AI challenge 2022 along with prize money of US$210,000 and it’s specially organized for the developers passionate about Artificial Intelligence and applications that are built around smart AI apps scenarios. If you want to learn more about this challenge, please check the full information below.
Check the full press release and details.
The 2022 Huawei GLOBAL AI CHALLENGE was officially launched and opened to online registration, with all full-time students who are formally enrolled at a higher-education institution now eligible to enroll in the competition and compete for US$210,000 in prize money. The competition is jointly held by the Jiangsu Association of Artificial Intelligence (JSAI), Huawei Consumer Cloud Service Department, and Huawei Nanjing Research Center, and aims to engage with aspiring young developers who share a passion for AI, as well as a commitment to applying AI to more scenarios for a fully connected, intelligent world.
The Huawei GLOBAL AI CHALLENGE is now in its fourth consecutive year since its start in 2019 and had attracted 2,500+ algorithm submissions, from nearly 8,000 teams in 45 countries and regions over its first three years. More than 150 contestants have been awarded. A number of outstanding contestants from the top universities and colleges in China were enrolled by Huawei. The competition marries theory with practice, bringing together young talent to nurture new AI technologies in both a theoretical and practical sense.
Wang Yue, President of Huawei Consumer Cloud Service Application Ecosystem BU, set forth the competition’s lofty ambitions, noting, “The development of AI has ushered in an era of ubiquitous intelligence. We aim to inspire global campus talent to explore new AI frontiers, and solve global problems.”
Advice from internationally renowned experts and Huawei professionals
The competition has been enriched by the contributions of acclaimed international AI experts, who provide contestants with advice and mentorships. This year’s slate of experts includes Zhi-Hua Zhou, Professor, and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Technology at Nanjing University and a foreign member of the Academy of Europe; Pascal Van Hentenryck, AAAI Fellow, A. Russell Chandler III Chair, and Professor at the H. Milton Stewart School; and Giuseppe De Giacomo, AAAI Fellow, ACM Fellow, and Full Professor at the Sapienza University of Rome.
Professor Zhou has served as a member of the advisory panel of the GLOBAL AI CHALLENGE for three consecutive years, and played an important role in the competition, noting at the launch event, “Many excellent contestants and solutions were highly praised by the judging panel in past three years. I wholeheartedly believe that this year’s contest will witness a new wave of impressive solutions, and more up-and-coming talent will have a chance to shine.”
15 AI experts from top universities and colleges in China from the distinguished judging panel and accomplished Huawei technical personnel will share their firsthand experiences. Their expertise will bring an element of industry authority to the competition, and promote industrial and academic achievements, as well as research.
Three contest proposals, address real-world challenges
Experts assessed potential contest proposals using the following five criteria: technical innovation, practical value, risk assessment, popularity, and difficulty, and ultimately settled on three proposals, encompassing practical application of AI in ad recommendations, mapping, and interactive media services. The proposals involve cutting-edge technologies, including machine learning, computer vision (CV), natural language processing (NLP), and decision intelligence, and encourage contestants to explore new solutions.
The first proposal is “knowledge-driven spoken dialogue”. Chatbots are often let down by their passiveness, which often leads to meaningless responses to user requests and limited information. That is why a dialogue system that is capable of interpreting messages and being informative is needed. The dialogue models contestants create are expected to be more robust when encountering word and syntax errors, providing users with responses that meet their expectations.
The second proposal is “intelligent quality inspection of lane rendering data”. When a navigation service is opened, the map background is generated through data rendering. However, issues with retrieving data may cause errors in lane-level images rendered using such data. To effectively and efficiently spot such data, a high-quality intelligent quality inspection model is needed. We believe that this proposal will rally talent from around the world in the CV domain.
The last proposal is “CTR prediction through cross-domain data from ads and news feeds”. Since the user behavior types that can be identified are limited if only data from the domain of the ad is used, contestants are expected to enhance ad click-through rate (CTR) prediction accuracy by leveraging ad logs, user profiles, and cross-domain data.
Prize money up for grabs
The contest was opened to registration on June 24 and will include preliminary (June 24 to August 24) and elite final (September 3 to mid-September) stages. Following an online competition in the preliminary stage, seven teams will be selected from each proposal to enter the elite final, where a total of 21 teams for the three proposals will compete for cash prizes via an online competition and presentation.
Huawei’s Shining Star Program has set aside a total of US$210,000 as prize money for the contest, which will be distributed to the top seven teams for each of the three proposals. The champion will be awarded US$35,000, the first runner-up US$15,000, and the second runner-up US$10,000. In addition, four teams will earn an honorary mention, which entitles them to US$2,500.
The GLOBAL AI CHALLENGE is a unique opportunity to explore the boundaries of data science, algorithms, and AI. We warmly invite all student developers who are daring enough to challenge themselves, to showcase their best work to the wider world.
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Huawei AppGallery will no longer publish system cleaning and WiFi apps
Huawei recently published a notice for the app developers, that the company will not permit to submission of new apps on AppGallery under some of the most dangerous categories including the system cache cleaner and Wi-Fi. The entire move aims to improve for aiming the user’s privacy and security.
From July 28, 2022, If you need to add new applications or update apps in AppGallery connections, you should primarily set up your privacy tags to specify the purpose and scope of the placement and processing of your personal information.
As per the user’s reference, the company took a major step to prevent a serious impact on users’ experience due to the arrangement and illegal collection of personal information by Wi-Fi applications, automatic download of other software (additional addons), frequent pop-ups, and private advertisements that compromises privacy.
The above-mentioned problem will become noticeable to the users. It has a severe effect on Huawei’s application market, which is AppGallery. The Chinese tech giant aims to provide security to its users from certain privacy theft applications by preventing their future approvals.
As per the recent report, the newly listed cleaning and Wi-Fi applications are no longer included. So if you planning to list applications of that type of app then will not let you submit them in the future to the AppGallery
Huawei’s application market retests and investigates cleanup and Wi-Fi applications already on the stands in the event of a breach. They will process will appropriate rules and regulations to take preventive measures in such cases. Meanwhile, if you have any queries related to this major step, can contact to Huawei AppGallery Interaction Center.
However, users come to know about this mismatch with the certain WiFi-related application produced by the developer via the privacy tag info rule released in November 2021. According to this, a user can see how an application collects and processes their personal information.