Huawei files lawsuit against Samsung over alleged patent infringements

Huawei files lawsuit against Samsung over alleged patent infringements
China has long been seen as a hotbed for copyright and patent infringement. Even though blatant rip-offs of well-known products aren't as prominent as they used to be, they're still being churned out in an often rather shameless manner. Thus, a number of Chinese companies have been threatened with litigation over the years from non-native companies. Huawei, one of the nation's largest tech firms, has turned the rulebook on its head in a new suit filed against Samsung, claiming its South Korean adversary has infringed on technologies relating to 4G connectivity and user interface.

We're very much accustomed to witnessing Apple and Samsung battle in the courts over patent and copyright infringement accusations. A back-and-forth that has, at times, become something of a pantomime, the irony is that the mobile market's two foremost firms have long been manufacturing partners. Huawei's bold move to sue the Samsung juggernaut renders it the very first Chinese firm to file a suit against the Galaxy maker. In a roundabout way, it also sends a message to the likes of Samsung and Apple that the company isn't afraid to seize the initiative in the wider battle for supremacy. 

Huawei has filed the suits in both the United States and China seeking compensation for unlicensed use of 4G tech, along with unspecified infringements relating to OS and system software. 

Ding Jianxing, head of Huawei's Intellectual Property Rights Dept., says:


The late Steve Jobs once threatened to go 'thermonuclear' to take down what he saw as the 'stolen product' of Android, which somewhat set the tone for some of the playground-style courtroom tit-for-tat that has ensued. Huawei's IP chief, conversely, seems to be taking a more diplomatic approach, inferring that a licensing deal could be a mutually beneficial outcome. 

Of course, whether such a deal will be made shall depend upon whether Samsung agrees that it has used Huawei's patented technologies and, more importantly, whether the courts corroborate Huawei's claims. It's worth noting that Huawei generates the majority of its revenue through telecommunications infrastructure, and boasts an impressive cache of over 50,000 granted patents. 

It all makes for a potentially intriguing sequence of events, and we'll be keeping an eye out for Samsung's response on the matter. 

source: Reuters via SamMobile

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63 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Oh no ... :( Not my beloved Samsung!

6. Kumar123 unregistered

LOL, This is hilarious.

61. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

China vs South Korea vs US In China, Huawei is a state owned company so its an automatic win for them. In US, depend on cash and connections. Interesting. I look forward to it.

2. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

So the land of copyright and countless infringement wants to sue for just that? **Grabs popcorn**

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Huawei is a land now? Boy they sure are growing fast!

4. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

So the company that is known for their iOS like UI, Samsung and LG software features, HTC and Apple's inspired designs, are suing over patent infringement?

7. Kumar123 unregistered

Even a Chinese company is now suing Samsung. LOL. But I think they are doing it for attention. Now that Samsung is a big name in the U.S.A. suing them will surely put Huawei's name in the front page. I think this is the most effective way for a Chinese brand to gain some recognition in the U.S.A. and they are doing just that.

51. engineer-1701d unregistered

not a chance kumar no one in america knows huawei and will never think twice about looking them up, the only thing that is known about this company is that its one of the biggest phone makers in china and it copies everything from all i mean carbon copy look alike and features no one will take this seriously and the watch and what 2 phones on boost and cricket with low spec weill never put that company in america. i would love to see the patent thats in dispute

8. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Must due to the rise in Samsung market share, as they say the nail the sticks out gets hammerd.

11. Shocky unregistered

Samsung will counter sue, it's what they do to patent trolls and attention seekers. I hope Huawei have an endless pot of cash because they're going to need it.

19. ashrafalhujaili

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

I think we will see a similar scenario to the nvidia samsung lawsuit when Nvidia claimed that samsung has infringement 3 of their patent and samsung counter sue nvidia in the end nvidia was wrong , Samsung didn't infringement any of nvidia'samsung patent , it was the other way around !!

64. Shocky unregistered

Agreed, I'm sure Samsung's legal team are on the case.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Since 4G is an established worldwide standard, I'd like to know what exactly are they infringing on. Huawei better be careful which fights they decide to pick. Samsung isn't some small time shop in a desert. Samsung has very good attorney's, a full Gov't and their own weapons/military factory. Huawei if coming better come correct, or Samsung may blow them up before they even get started.

13. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Samsung won't risk starting a war, they will probably just counter sue

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Isn't a counter-suit a war? It is fighting though in a courtroom. Lol. Vendors though all 4G a aren't 100% identicsl, they all use a similar foundation which insures compatibility. I would like to see proof Because anyone can make a claim.

14. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

the stupid thing is they havent even specified which patents have been infringed...I think this is just a case of "Notice me Senpai"

16. TerryTerius unregistered

..... what the hell does military equipment and warfare have to do with a lawsuit? Jesus dude. You are taking fanboyism to a whole new level. That said, I am curious about exactly what patents they are claiming Samsung has infringed on.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I laughed so hard when I read his post. It wasn't idiotic necessarily, but the notion that Samsung's "military assets" would help them in an infringement case was pretty damn funny. Samsung is ready for war!!!!!?/s :D

47. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Exactly which is why I said. Samsung is not some small time shop in the desert. They have very good attorneys and military equipment is need be. Obvious they aren't gonna bring tanks to court. The notion was simple. Samsung has big guns and huge power. Suing means you either really have a claim or you're full.of booboo.

20. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Isn't that what fanboyism is tho......military equipment (their phones) and warfare (their sticky nerdy fingers smashing a keyboard).

46. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I said that because Samsung makes all those things and could use them. Even though I know that wont. It was suggestive as in, don't screw with someone who has a bigger gun than you. I'm not a fan of Samsung..right now I just buy some of their products. I've never been a fan of any OEM. It was just a joke. You obviously don't know what a fanboy is. Fanboys support their company wrong or right. I never even said they were wrong or right. As I said and you said, I want to see what patents they claim are being infringed. But if you don't know a joke from fanboy ism, then maybe you need to go back to school and know the difference.

52. engineer-1701d unregistered

i get what you are saying dont bring a knife to a gun fight.

55. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

They have military stuff but theres no way their gonna use it for this

48. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The problem is, you're to serious. May need to have your funny bone checked.

60. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I use stock android and drive Toyota camry. People say I'm boring

66. rishav20193

Posts: 241; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

same thoughts here !! how can he include weapons/military factory in law suits ?? :D :D

44. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It may be a standard, but not all of it is FRAND. That's the main reason Apple struck a licensing cross deal with HTC. Apple patent holdings in 4G LTE were weak, but Samsung's were strong. They feared Samsung could block import of the newer iPhones. HTC had some LTE patents that strengthened Apple's hand.

53. engineer-1701d unregistered

yes and no on the frand in usa no chance the 4g is a frand just like when apple sued samsung and samung sued back because they have the most patents for 4g and the courts said since all phones and networks have to use it its considered a frand patent.

65. Shocky unregistered

World War 3 will not be started over resources, land or religion, but over patents.

15. mi7chy

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

Being a patent troll to stifle competition is out of style. It only harms your image. Just ask Apple and Microsoft.

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