Court finds Samsung guilty of infringing on 4G patents owned by Smartphone giant Huawei Technologies Co.
Chinese tech giant Huawei won a patent infringement lawsuit against South Korea smartphone rival Samsung on Thursday, according to information released by a Chinese court.
The court yesterday ruled that Samsung had infringed two patents involving the technology.
The lawsuits are the first intellectual property challenges by a Chinese company against the world’s top mobile maker.
Huawei filed complaints against Samsung in both China and the United States in 2016, alleging that Samsung was infringing multiple patents relating to 4G telecommunication technologies, operating systems, and interface software.
However, it dismissed compensation claims made by Huawei and said that Samsung would be permitted an appeal.
Huawei later extended its legal action to courts in Beijing and Quanzhou, of East China’s Fujian province.
Huawei is just one of a growing number of major companies turning to the Chinese court system to settle its intellectual property claims, as Beijing tries to create a better environment for local innovation in its move away from low-end manufacturing.
The decision to file cases in China is also a nod to the country’s status as the world’s biggest smartphone market, accounting for almost a third of global sales based on units shipped. Although the ruling will not immediately affect the sales volume of Samsung Electronics products, Huawei will take advantage of this legal victory as an opportunity to publicize its technological prowess.