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Lenovo, ZTE said uniting to stop Apple, Microsoft lawsuits

12/30, 3:25pm

Lenovo and ZTE may lead Chinese patent defense

Chinese smartphone designers are quietly forming a pact to fend off patent lawsuits from Apple, Microsoft, and Nokia, a rumor maintained Friday. Lenovo and ZTE, as well as smaller firms like Coolpad, Konka, and TCL, were said by Digitimes to be forming a collective. The details weren't given, although a patent defense would most likely involve pooling patent resources together and sharing resources on how to work around other companies' patents.

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