Huawei recently filed a lawsuit against Samsung in California and in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. The lawsuit claims Samsung infringed on Huawei’s fourth-generation cellular communications technology, operating system and its user interface software. 1 The lawsuit marks somewhat of an emergence on the international market for the Chinese company, with Chinese companies traditionally appearing as defendants in patent lawsuits, and reaffirms Huawei’s strengths as a telecoms leader.
Reports about Huawei’s lawsuit allege that Samsung has infringed on as many as 11 of Huawei’s patents and the suit marks the first case of a domestic manufacturer taking on the world’s largest smartphone vendor.
By the end of last year, Huawei had 50,377 authorized patents and had applied for an additional 52,550 in China and 30,613 abroad, according to the company’s annual report. The report also shows the company spent 59.6 billion yuan ($9.08 billion), or 15.1 percent of its revenue, on research and development last year. 3 With the emergence of Huawei on the international market, and with so much invested into research and development, the protection of its technologies, operating system and software has become an even more pressing matter.
Ding Jianxing, President of Huawei’s Intellectual Property Rights Department, said, “We hope Samsung will respect Huawei’s research and development investment and patents, stop infringing our patents and get the necessary license from Huawei.” Huawei has several such cross-licensing agreements signed in the industry to ensure legitimate use of technologies, including with Apple Inc., industry insiders said.
Huawei has not yet said how much it is seeking in compensation, but hopes a successful lawsuit will protect its investments and further establish its brand internationally. [Source: CHINA DAILY]