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11/30/2021 01:06:52 pm

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Samsung Sued, Huawei Files Case Over Infringement of Mobile Patent

Henry Cavill At The Huawei P9 Global Launch In London

(Photo : Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images) Glory Zhang, Henry Cavill and Richard Yu, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Cunsumer Business Group attend the Huawei P9 global launch at Battersea Evolution on April 6, 2016 in London, England.

Samsung is once again caught in a legal proceeding after China's Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd filed a case that some of the South Korea company's smartphone are infringing on its patents. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. and China. The plaintiff is looking to be compensated for the alleged illegal use of its 4G technology on Samsung's smartphones.

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Huawei's Intellectual Property Rights Department President Ding Jianxing hopes that the Korean company would respect their patents and acquire the license from them, and even work together and move the industry onward.

The lawsuit filed by the Chinese company breaks the trend as firms in the country have often been the ones receiving complaints about supposedly not recognizing patents. Such was the case in 2015 when Ericsson filed a case against Xiaomi which resulted in a short break in sales of the Chinese handsets in the Indian Market.

The smartphone industry has been plagued by patent lawsuits, with rivals Samsung and Apple Inc. making the headlines in the past years. In 2011, Apple filed a complaint saying that the Korean brand had copied the iPhone's look. Both companies were going at it and have filed quite a number of counter lawsuits in different countries.

Samsung was once the undisputed king of the smartphone market in China, but it has lost some of its market share to Apple and other brands such as Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo and Huawei. The Korean mobile brand currently holds the sixth place in the Chinese market based on sales.

A big chunk of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's revenue comes from creating telecommunications infrastructure which the company also uses to fund research and development of different products and wireless communication technologies. These efforts seem to have paid off as the company now has 50, 377 globally recognized patents.

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