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Samsung fires back at Huawei with its own patent lawsuit

Engadget Engadget 22/07/2016 Mariella Moon
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Huawei filed a lawsuit against Samsung back in May, accusing the Korean corporation of infringing on some of its 4G-related patents. Now, it's Samsung that's on the offensive: according to Reuters, it has filed a lawsuit of its own against Huawei for a very similar reason. The Korean chaebol sued Huawei in its home country (China) a couple of weeks ago for allegedly infringing on six of its patents. A spokesperson said the company tried to "resolve this matter amicably" but didn't elaborate on the nature of the affected intellectual properties.

Huawei didn't demand money when it filed its lawsuit and asked for a cross-licensing deal instead. Analyst Lee Do-hoon told Reuters that Samsung probably isn't looking to be paid either. He said both sides might have ulterior motives: Huawei's is to boost its reputation. "If you look at the patent battle with Apple and Samsung... it ultimately created a lot of benefits for Samsung in a kind of an advertisement," he explained. Samsung's motive, on the other hand, might be to compel Huawei to settle as soon as possible.


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