May 26, 2016

    Huawei files suits against Samsung for patent breaches


    CHINESE technology titan Huawei said on Tuesday it filed a suit in the United States against Samsung, claiming its South Korean rival has infringed on patents on wireless connectivity for mobile devices.

    The lawsuit alleges that "Samsung and its affiliates have earned billions" by selling "(mobile) products that use Huawei's technology".

    Huawei said it was filing a similar lawsuit in China.

    "Our very strong preference is to resolve disputes on licensing through negotiations," William Plummer, Huawei's US-based vice-president for external affairs, told Agence France-Presse.

    He said Huawei had reached agreements to license its patents to many other global tech firms, including Apple, Qualcomm and Ericsson.

    Huawei is well behind Samsung as a maker of mobile devices but the Chinese firm has a large networking business and its research arm last year spent over US$9 billion (S$12 billion).

    Ding Jianxing, head of intellectual property rights for Huawei, said "industry players should work together to push the industry forward through open, joint innovation".