Egis is hoping to stop Goodix from selling the allegedly infringing products and to seek ¥90 million (US$13.2 million) in damages.
“As more and more Taiwanese technology firms or their competitors establish their factories or businesses in Taiwan, either of them are often facing patent infringement or patent infringement accusations in China. To better protect themselves, they often conduct patent searches in China to check if there is any prior art, pending or granted patent applications before they apply for patents, conduct manufacturing or distributing their products so as to avoid any fruitless patent applications,” says Ruey-Sen Tsai, a partner at Lee and Li in Taipei. “Before launching a patent infringement claim, the patent holder usually will check if the counterparty also owns any patent; if so, the patent holder will try to take actions to cancel the counterparty’s patent, and then further file for patent infringement litigation. On the other hand, the counterparty, once facing the patent accusation, will conduct patent infringement assessment and/or try to cancel the patent holder’s patent.”