Erick RobinsonBy Erick Robinson

Robinson is Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s lead partner in Chinese Patents & Litigation based out of Beijing.

[12.31.2019 Beijing]   Today, IAM Magazine, a publication that focuses on intellectual property (IP) from the business perspective, produced a list of the Top 10 Patent Market Developments of 2019.  Among the events listed was recent settlement of Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig client, Advanced Codec Technologies (ACT), a United States licensing company or US Non-Practicing Entity (US NPE), headed by Beijing partner Erick Robinson which became one of the largest patent litigation settlements in the history of China, and certainly the highest for an NPE.

What happened?

Six patent lawsuits were filed in the Nanjing Intermediate Court for ACT against Xiaomi, a cell-phone production company in China, in early 2019.  At issue were six standard-essential video compression patents.  This settlement involved costs in the high seven figures (in USD).

Why was this case significant?

IAM Magazine determines this case as noteworthy because the patent owner is a United States NPE asserting in China against a large Chinese-domestic company and received a win.  Not only that, but this is a case in which an American company as a patent owner is litigating against a Chinese company amid a massive trade war between the US and China.

An additional significance was the fact that the patents were standard-essential patents, which typically are very complex to litigate and require more time both pre- and post-filing.  Just to add to the magnitude of this case, all the patents were nearing their expiration date meaning that there was no threat of an injunction.  It was about money damages only.

This proves to be great for the Chinese patent enforcement system, which over the past few years has emerged as a top patent litigation forum.


Working with Mr. Robinson in the case for DBL were partner Dragon Wang, senior associates Bing Wu and Tianqi Yu, and associates Yannan Li and Ada Liu.

Posted in: Intellectual Property - Patents

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