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China : QIHOO 360 sues BAIDU over unfair competition

July 21, 2014

Claiming unfair competition, an Internet security giant has taken China's major search engine business to a Beijing court on Friday.

Qihoo 360, a firm that provides Internet security services, says that Baidu Inc, the hottest search engine in the country, is promoting its anti-virus software online in an unfair way.

According to a legal representative of Qihoo 360, when a computer user is looking for the company's anti-virus program on Baidu, the search engine starts introducing and promoting its own software,

The representative said : "We decided to accuse Baidu of unfair competition after we got complaints from our users."

Associated with Beijing Haidian District People's Court, Zhongguancun Court, heard the case at 2 pm on Friday.

The representative said his company wants Baidu to immediately stop its "forced promotion" and publicly apologize in the media, including the two firm's websites and newspapers of record. The representative said : "The apology must last 120 days and should be published on the front or key page of the websites and newspapers" . Qihoo 360 also asked Baidu to pay 1 million yuan ($161,200) in compensation, but raised its demand to 3 million yuan during the trial.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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