In recent weeks, no fewer than four Chinese smartphone companies have re-affirmed their determination to crack the US sales market, despite what seem like significant political headwinds. Huawei’s latest attempt came up short when a carrier deal with AT&T fell through just before the big Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. In light of recent patent deals executed by major Chinese players, it seems like patents are no longer the main hurdle they face. But continued commercial difficulty could have knock-on effects for patent strategy.

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