u-blox has reported that the Hangzhou Intermediate People’s Court has ruled in favor of u-blox in separate copyright and patent infringement lawsuits the company filed against Techtotop Microelectronic Technology Co. Ltd. (TTT).
The rulings found that TTT infringed on u-blox’s intellectual property in its TD1030 navigation chips and that TTT must pay damages (RMB 11 million).
“u-blox is very pleased with the decision of the Court which issued a fair and decisive ruling on a complex source code infringement case,” stated Thomas Seiler, CEO of u-blox. “Our technologies are the result of our commitment to continuous research and development, and it is our responsibility to vigorously pursue any unauthorized uses.”
In 2019, u-blox filed claims against TTT for both copyright and patent infringement after u blox noticed similarities of functionalities of TTT’s TD1030 chip and corresponding modules with u-blox’s M8 GNSS receivers.
Following in-depth investigations, including reviews and analyses conducted by independent laboratories, u-blox concluded that the similarities must have been the result of illegal copying of u-blox’s source code by Techtotop.
According to the Court’s decision, TTT must stop producing and distributing its TD1030 navigation chip and navigation modules with the infringing software.