In a patent litigation battle involving Huawei and Samsung, Samsung has been forced to pay $11.6 million in damages. This week, a Chinese court ruled that Samsung had copied technology from a handheld product (Huawei Device) and thus committed patent infringement.
Three of Samsung’s units, including Samsung China Investment, are now required to contribute to the total damages payment.
The technologies in question are Huawei’s 4G communications technology, its operating systems, and the software that underpins its user interface. The Chinese phone manufacturer has over 50,000 technological patents and alleged that 20 of its rival’s, Samsung, products, including the Galaxy S7, were in violation of the rules. Consequently, Huawei claimed that Samsung had made $12.7bn through 30 million sales of these products by the time the case was filed in May 2016
“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. We will thoroughly review the court’s decision and decide appropriate responses”, said a Samsung spokesperson. Meanwhile, a Huawei representative said that the decision protected intellectual property rights and would allow the company to make a return on its investments in research and development.
While this particular case has come to an end, the two rivals continue to grapple with each other in multiple courts around the world. Huawei is currently suing Samsung both in China’s Shenzhen district and in California for 4G patent infringements. Meanwhile, Samsung began countersuing in July 2016, also claiming patent infringements relating to six Samsung devices.