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HUAWEI WINS PATENT LAWSUIT AGAINST RIVAL SAMSUNG
    2018-01-12  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

CHINESE technology giant Huawei won a patent infringement lawsuit against South Korean smartphone rival Samsung on Thursday, according to information released by a Shenzhen court.

The Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court ruled in the Shenzhen-based company’s favor over two patents involving fourth-generation phone technology, according to a notice released through the court’s WeChat account and video of the trial.

The judge ordered Samsung Electronics to immediately stop selling or manufacturing products using Huawei’s wireless communication technology and to pay a small court fee. The ruling did not cite specific phone models.

Huawei’s other litigation requests were rejected and Samsung retains the right to appeal to a higher court.

The court said it ruled in Huawei’s favor after finding that Samsung “maliciously delayed negotiations” that began in July 2011 and was “obviously at fault.”

Samsung said in a statement that it would “thoroughly review the court’s decision and determine appropriate responses.”

The patent infringement spat between Huawei and Samsung took shape in 2016 amid mounting competition between two of the world’s largest smartphone vendors. Most of the litigation is about patents related to mobile technology and design.

Huawei initiated the first attack in May 2016, suing Samsung over patent infringements in the United States and China. The firm claimed Samsung infringed on its 4G technologies, operating systems and user interfaces.

In another suit filed in Quanzhou, Fujian Province of China, in June, Huawei claimed an indemnity of 80.5 million yuan (US$12 million). Samsung fought back two months later, claiming 161 million yuan in damage from its Chinese rival.

This wave of patent disputes saw early results in 2017 when Huawei gained the upper hand. In April 2017, the Quanzhou court ruled in favor of Huawei: Samsung was ordered to pay the cash damages of 80 million yuan as required.

Seven years after entering the smartphone race, Huawei overtook Apple to become the world’s second-biggest smartphone vendor by marketshare in July last year, next to only Samsung, according to Counterpoint Research.

In an increasingly competitive market, patents are one of the primary weapons of defense among big smartphone brands.

(SD-Agencies)

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