Samsung defeated by Huawei in patent battle


Chinese tech company Huawei has won against its South Korean rival Samsung in a battle of patents.

A Chinese court has ruled that Samsung must pay the equivalent to £9.3m to Huawei for infringing intellectual property laws.

Huawei’s victory was slightly soured, however, following news that the company could be set for a ban on sales within the UK.

The legal action against Samsung was started last May and was followed by other claims being filed in its home city of Shenzhen and also in California, with these claims covering over 10 patents.

Huawei claim that more than 20 models of Samsung’s phones and tablets their technologies without permission.

In response, Samsung began countersuing in July over six of their own patents, saying that their attempts to resolve the situation “amicably” had failed.

“Huawei notes the court’s decision in this case,” a spokesman told the BBC after the verdict.

“Huawei believes that respecting and protecting the intellectual property of others enables all companies to make a return on our R&D investments. We maintain that respect for intellectual property promotes innovation and healthy, sustained growth in the industry.”

A spokesman for Samsung said it intended to review the court’s decision and would respond in due course.

“Over many years, Samsung Electronics has pioneered the development of innovative mobile technologies through continuous investment in R&D to provide consumers with a wide selection of innovative products,” he added.