Huawei sues Sam­sung over mo­bile patents in US, China

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By HE YINI and ZHANG XIAOMIN in Bei­jing

Chi­nese tech gi­ant Huawei is tak­ing ri­val Sam­sung to court in China and the United States over al­leged patent in­fringe­ment.

It is the first case of a do­mes­tic man­u­fac­turer tak­ing on the world’s largest smart­phone ven­dor.

Huawei said the dis­pute in­volves the fourth-gen­er­a­tion wire­less stan­dard in the US, while in China it re­lates to 4G stan­dards as well as other smart­phone func­tions.

Media re­ports said the com­pany claims its South Korean coun­ter­part has in­fringed on as many as 11 patents re­lated to such tech­nolo­gies.

Huawei, the world’s third­largest smart­phone maker, did not say how much it seek­ing in com­pen­sa­tion.

The com­pany said: “Huawei has ev­ery right to seek rea­son­able com­pen­sa­tion from any firm that uses our tech­nol­ogy with­out a li­cense. A law­suit is a le­gal means in this re­spect, (but) we look for­ward to find­ing a bet­ter way out, to­gether with Sam­sung. We are open to ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“Huawei be­lieves all play­ers in the in­dus­try should work to­gether to push the sec­tor for­ward through open, joint in­no­va­tions,” the com­pany said. is

“We hope Sam­sung will re­spect Huawei’s in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights and R&D (re­search and devel­op­ment) achieve­ments, and stop in­fring­ing on our patents.”

Sam­sung China said the cor­po­ra­tion would take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion to de­fend its busi­ness in­ter­ests.

By the end of last year, Huawei had 50,377 au­tho­rized patents and had ap­plied for 52,550 in China and 30,613 abroad, ac­cord­ing the com­pany’s an­nual re­port.

The re­port shows that the com­pany, which is based in Shen­zhen, Guang­dong prov­ince, spent 59.6 bil­lion yuan ($9.08 bil­lion), or 15.1 per­cent of its rev­enue, on re­search and devel­op­ment last year and more than 240 bil­lion yuan over the past decade.

Huawei has patent crossli­cens­ing agree­ments with dozens of com­pa­nies. Pay­ments for such li­censes are es­ti­mated to reach hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars a year.

Ac­cord­ing to US con­sult­ing firm Gart­ner, Huawei sold nearly 28.9 mil­lion smart­phones in the first quar­ter of this year, ac­count­ing for 8.3 per­cent of the world­wide mar­ket. Sam­sung and Ap­ple oc­cu­pied 23.2 per­cent and 14.8 per­cent re­spec­tively.

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