Huawei Sues Samsung over LTE Patents in China and USA

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Huawei, a Chinese mobile manufacturing giant, has filed a lawsuit against the world’s largest selling smartphone company Samsung. The lawsuit is filed to claim compensation from the Korean giant Samsung. This lawsuit is filed in USA and China claiming that Samsung has used 4G/LTE communication technology and software’s that are owned by Huawei. Samsung “directly infringed and continued to infringe directly” certain patents, the lawsuit claims. The lawsuit also claims that Samsung has been unable to license the patents properly.

Huawei claims that the company and Samsung own most of the LTE patents that are essential for LTE smartphones is using its patents in its smartphones without proper licensing. Samsung has not said anything about the lawsuit yet, but one of the executives of Samsung stated that they would review the complaint and will take actions necessary for Samsung’s business interests.

Meanwhile, Huawei’s president of intellectual property has stated that “We hope Samsung will respect Huawei’s R&D investment and patents, stop infringing our patents and get the necessary license from Huawei, and work together with Huawei to jointly drive the industry forward.”

Huawei has hugely invested in the R&D department in the past year. According to the company, it has invested $9.2 billion (15% of the revenue) in research and development department in the last year.

“Huawei believes that industry players should work together to push the industry forward through open, joint innovation. While respecting others’ patents, we will also protect our own,” said Ding Jianxing, president of Huawei’s intellectual property rights.

Huawei claims that Samsung has made billions of dollars using its patent technology in its smartphones. Huawei has accused 27 such devices of Samsung that use Huawei’s LTE patents including Samsung’s latest flagships S7 and S7 Edge.

Huawei has been granted 50,000 patents related to mobile technologies and licenses it to different smartphone manufacturers. Huawei has been in cross-licensing agreements with Nokia, Ericsson and Alcatel groups to decrease patent infringements.

Huawei said that it is committed to licensing its patent technologies on the fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory basis and with reasonable compensation by the firms that use these technologies.

Huawei’s president of intellectual property rights also said that
“We have seen a large number of patent cross-licensing agreements signed in the industry to ensure legitimate use of technologies, as this is the basis for the healthy development of the smartphone industry. With such a belief, we have actively negotiated with other patent holders in the industry for cross-licensing over the years.”