Huawei wins patent infringement case against Samsung

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/4/7 18:53:40 Last Updated: 2017/4/8 7:28:26

Samsung Electronics Co has been found to have infringed the intellectual property rights (IPRs) of Huawei Technologies Co and ordered to pay a compensation of 80 million yuan ($11.6 million) to Huawei.

The Quanzhou Intermediate People's Court on Thursday ruled after the first trial that three subsidiaries of Samsung in the Chinese mainland have violated the IPRs of Huawei and have to pay for the reparation jointly, the Beijing Business Today reported on Thursday.

After analysis and investigation, Huawei found that more than 20 products of Samsung, including smartphones and tablet computers, were infringing the copyrights of Huawei.

A spokesman for Huawei said it welcomed the court's decision. Samsung said it will decide on the response to the court's decision after reviewing the ruling, Reuters reported on Thursday.

Huawei announced in May 2016 that it was suing Samsung in both China and the US for alleged

infringement of its smartphone patents, including unlicensed use of its cellular communication technology and software in Samsung's smartphones, according to a statement Huawei e-mailed to the Global Times in May 2016.

Huawei said it is entitled to seek damages from companies that use its patents without proper licensing. The company said in a statement that it is committed to fair, reasonable and unbiased licensing of its mobile telecom patents, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

Huawei applied for the patent of invention of the technology to the State Intellectual Property Office of China in 2010 and was granted the patent right on June 5, 2011, the Beijing Business Today reported.

Huawei has been beefing up its efforts to accumulate high-value patents in recent years. It invested $9.2 billion in R&D during 2015, or 15 percent of the company's sales revenues for the year, according to the statement. 

A report issued by the World Intellectual Property Organization in March 2016 said that Huawei applied for 3,898 patents in 2015, up 456 from the previous year.

According to tech consultancy Gartner, Samsung and Apple are the world's top two smartphone makers, with a combined market share of 38 percent. Huawei is third with 8.3 percent, followed by two other Chinese brands Oppo and Xiaomi, said Xinhua.


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