Huawei files patent lawsuits against Samsung in US and China

Huawei files patent lawsuits against Samsung in US and China

On Tuesday, China-based Huawei Technologies Co. filed patent-infringement lawsuits against Samsung Electronics Co. in the US as well as China. The lawsuits mark Huawei's first intellectual property (IP) challenge against the bigwig South Korean smartphone manufacturer.

In its lawsuits, Huawei -- a networking gear manufacturer -- has claimed that 11 of its patents pertaining to the industry standard for fourth-generation (4G) mobile devices have been infringed by Samsung.

Specifically, according to the lawsuit, the Huawei patents infringed by Samsung are related to communications networks and software for operating LTE networks that have been set up through international standard-setting organizations.

The patent-infringement lawsuits have been filed by Huawei against Samsung because of Samsung's refusal to pay a 'fair and reasonable' rate for licensing the use of Huawei's patented technology which is fundamental to the operation of mobile networks.

Via the lawsuits filed against Samsung, Huawei is seeking cash compensation from Samsung for the company's 'unlicensed use' of 4G cellular communications technology, operating systems and user interface software in its handsets.

Against the backdrop of the lawsuits, Huawei's Intellectual Property Rights Department president Ding Jianxing said in a statement: "We hope Samsung will ... stop infringing our patents and get the necessary license from Huawei, and work together with Huawei to jointly drive the industry forward."