Apr 6, 2017

Huawei defeats Samsung in patent battle in China

A Chinese court in Quanzhou has ordered the Galaxy S8-maker to pay 80m yuan to Huawei for infringing the firm's smartphone cellular technologies. Huawei's victory was tempered by news that it could face a sales ban in the UK. Huawei launched the legal action against Samsung last May and has subsequently followed with other claims filed in its home city of Shenzhen and California, covering more than 10 patents. Huawei was the world's third-bestselling smartphone-maker in 2016 and Samsung the first, according to market research firm IDC. Although intellectual property disputes that pitted one tech giant against another were common a few years ago, they have been fought out of the public eye in more recent times. The Chinese ruling coincides with a judgement from the High Court of England and Wales that Huawei must pay a US firm a global fee for its 4G patents or face a local sales ban. Huawei had argued that the amount being sought by Unwired was too high, which the court agreed with, so it still views the ruling as being a partial victory.

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