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Huawei sues Samsung on claims of patent infringement

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Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has filed suit against Samsung, accusing the Korean tech giant of patent infringement. Specifically, Huawei alleges that Samsung has infringed on some of its patents related to 4G technology, software and more.

From Reuters:

Huawei has filed lawsuits in the United States and China seeking compensation for what it said was unlicensed use of fourth-generation (4G) cellular communications technology, operating systems and user interface software in Samsung phones.

Samsung is no stranger to patent suits, having been embroiled in a rather long and drawn out high-profile dispute with Apple since 2011 that resulted in a number of lawsuits exchanged between the two. In light of that, it will definitely be interesting to see how Huawei's case plays out.

70 Comments
  • This sounds silly, but where did the sue them? in what court?
  • China and US court. Their job is stealing idea from others and media's manipulating
  • Any specifics of what exactly was infringed upon, the source material or analysis of the validity of the claims?
  • The verge has the 47 page court documents posted. Although they are heavily redacted. I did see some patent numbers and such in there though. Apparently they were in the negotiation process, but things went awry. So Huawei sued.
  • Samsung is a master of this art of war. Another day...another court case. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I can't see them winning against a Chinese company in China. This could be the end of Samsung's sales in China. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Samsung is way too big to be brought down that easily u know. They own the market, they're are somewhat on par with the weight almighty google carries...I'm not a Samsung fan, I don't even like their products anymore, but I can't deny I smell their presence everywhere. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well, Samsung is indeed big but in China, neither Samsung nor Google carry ANY weight whatsoever. If the suit is filed in the US or any other country "other" than China all is good, however, if this is a Chinese suit Samsung has already lost...that is guaranteed.
  • China has a problem with copyright and patent infringement? Shoes on the other foot finally, they have stolen more IP than any other company or country, talk about Pot Kettle black.
  • Of course they have...
  • Lol "user interface software". Aren't Huawei the ones that rips of ios as much as they can Posted via the Android Central App
  • PLUS SEVEN Posted via HTC 10
  • THANK YOU Posted via HTC 10
  • +1,000,000,000,000,000 AT&T Galaxy S7 Onyx Black with Unlimited Data
  • how so? EMUI is nothing like iOS. a simple google search of "EMUI 4.0" vs "iOS9" clearly shows this. sometimes i think people just say things without actually checking 1st
  • Oh, but the icons look the same. Right? Right.
  • I own an Honor 7 with EMUI 4.0 and you can definitely see iOS's influence everywhere from the looks and the animation of folders, transparency of the chronological notification shade, camera app, some of the icons, etc.
    Its not exactly a ripoff but it looks quite similar to iOS.
  • Seems like they wanna ripnof apple even more by suing Samsung. That is what apple does after all. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Before they were selling internationally, they ripped off everyone';s IP when selling locally in China first getting started in mobile I read in several places, think it was back in 2012 or so.
  • Welcome to the game, Huawei. You can't really be an Android OEM unless you're constantly embroiled in patent infringement litigation. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Huawei should just activate the spy mode on all their phones and use the info they collect to give back to their military and the rest of the communist party there.
  • Lol. I see what you did there. Posted via the Android Central App
  • ironically, no evidence of that has ever been shown that proves huawei does such shady things but edward snowden has proved that the NSA does indeed put backdoors into huawei.
  • Give me a break. China has been hacking into our banks, goverment, private corporations, military, and just about everything they can get thier hands on. Snowden only worked for the NSA...in America. So that's what he knew. Snowden also didn't have the clearance for top secret material....just classified information.
  • and you think that the US, one of the best, if not THE best in IT, technology, encryption, algorithm, computer engineers and scientists, DONT do that? that is pretty naive. also, if what snowden knew and revealed it only classified, which is already pretty huge, imagine that top secret stuff would be.
  • NO! My respects to you Huawei, but never sue Samsung!
    Its like battling a elite master veteran when you're a rookie.
    Samsung will win Posted with ❤love❤
  • They are relatively new to the phone game, but they have been in the networking and telecommunications business for quite some time (1987). With 50k patents under their belt, i would hardly consider them rookies.
  • As he said...they are newbies in the Mobile phone biz Posted via the Android Central App
  • They are not. They are among the top five, if not the third.
  • They also have home court advantage Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol... copycats are suing someone... :D Posted via the Android Central App
  • Everyone just use pure Android...problem solved Posted via the Android Central App
  • Zero chance that i will use plain jane Android. And really has no bearing here. Vanilla Android doesn't use 4G? luvin my s7 edge
  • Vanilla Android doesn't use 4g ?
    How on earth did you get to this conclusion? Ayyyyy lmao
  • Huawei, or for that matter any Chinese OEM suing any other manufacturers is a joke considering that patents are legally stolen in China all the time, and each of these companies is guilty of stealing patents before. Posted via the Android Central App
  • so does apple, microsoft, samsung, google and all the other big boys. they still continue to infringe each other's patents and sue each other.
  • Yes. But there are actual patent laws in the countries they are based in, unlike China. Posted via the Android Central App
  • there are patent laws. it's just almost impossible to enforce it efficiently in a country of 1.3 billion people with only $8000 gdp per capita.
  • They have patents here also. Hence the reason they are suing sammy in china, and the states.
  • They took a huge leap forward in patent laws back in 2013. Before then they had nothing and it was obvious. Software was pirated at the highest rate in the world, hardware was copied at the highest rate in the world. 2013 is only 3 years ago... Maybe Huawei hasn't explicitly copied Samsung or Apple, but they are owned by the Chinese government, and the Chinese government certainly has done exactly that in plenty of other cases. So it seems a bit rich that they're suing. But if their suit has merit, then I guess we'll find out.
  • huawei is not a state owned company though. it doesnt seem rich at all. 3 years is a long long time in china. they have already innovated a ton in manufacturing, supply chain and logistics. their trains are top notch. all the japanese/german/french/canadian companies said the tibetan rail would fail, because they couldnt do it themselves. yet they have done it. they paid a lot for licensing and technology transfer. in exchange, companies get access to china's gigantic market size. china's innovation just hasnt reached the end user/consumer level yet. it is just starting. in fact, the walkie talkie feature on whatsapp and numerous other messenging apps nowadays 1st originated on wechat. DJI is now dominating the market in consumer drones. the truth is, the fastest way to reach the innovative level is to copy. by copying, people learn.
    in fact, the british who came to china during the opium wars were impressed with how quickly they chinese copied their technology. before patents laws in today's context existed, copying was see as smart. it was seen as a quick way to learn, to catch up. that was why germany copied england in the past. the whole "Made In xxx" thing came as a result of the germans exporting their copied products to the UK and the british wanted to differentiate their products. it is the same for the US. the UK made lots of effort to keep their industrial looms within its borders but the US managed to steal it anyway. charles dickens made exactly $0 in the US since all his books were just copied and sold for profit in the US. it is just they way the world works. strictly following patent laws is only smart for FURTHER innovation in DEVELOPED countries. it makes no sense for a developing country to do so, which is why the germans, the americans, and also the japanese copied while they were behind. in fact, the west has copied everything from the chinese, the islamic world, and the indians during the thousand year long middle ages. by copying these technologies, it managed to enter the age of discovery, enlightenment etc. man, imagine the royalties the chinese would be getting if they actually collected it for every single sheet of paper ever used, for land mines, grenades, multistaged rockets, paper currency, the compass, the seismoscope, and thousands of other chinese inventions that have been taken for free and for granted.
  • Interesting. For some reason most people on this site do believe Huawei is government owned. Either way, I don't agree with everything you said, but you have made some good points. I don't think copying is the right way to do things these days. Historically, sure. It depends on how far back you go. As to the merits of doing business in China, there is no question there. Many companies have been trying to break into the Chinese markets long before these patent laws were put in place. The market is huge, and the opportunity is massive. Finally, I also agree that China has been and continues to be the source of many incredible inventions (many of which were indeed copied in the past). Posted via the Android Central App
  • yeah, i dont agree too, but i live in a developed country. taking a plane to a developing country is seriously like taking a time machine in some sense. countries develop at different paces and we cannot expect every country to have the same rules as a developed country. it simply will not work. when china is developed, it will be in its own interest to enforce IP laws strictly too. then india will probably be the next one doing all the copying, that is, if they are smart.
  • Looks like the lawyers involved get to buy their 6th mansions Posted via Xperia Z5
  • The lawyers always win. Everybody else usually loses. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No surprise, this kind of cheater thinking is rampant among Korean companies. Copy now, pay later. To top it off, Koreans do not buy anything but Korean products, why do we buy their crap if they don't buy ours?
  • well we don't make anything...
    Even iPhones are made by Foxconn
  • I appreciate that my BlackBerry Passport was constructed in NA. Posted via Android Central App
  • All Asian companies are like that. From the Japanese, Chinese and Koreans. Whether it's electronics or cars they re copying. But, companies especially have to watch out when partnering with Chinese companies. They re very interested in partnering up and pretend their your partner but really what they are after is knowing how they can steal or copy your products IP! And it's no surprise the government or courts will side with their companies cause at the end they want their companies becoming successful for long term. Unlike the mentality here in NA it's all about profit short term. Who cares down the road as long as share holders can make money! Posted via Android Central App
  • I appreciate that the first generation moto X that I had for like 2 weeks was assembled in Texas but I want really want to see is every bit of my phone manufactured in the USA. Chip, RAM, board, storage, battery, case, everything. I don't want just a bunch of parts from China assembled in the U. S. But I guess working assembly lines might be beneath some people and paying American wages might not be appealing to corporations. Posted via Galaxy S7 edge
  • "Koreans do not buy anything but Korean products, why do we buy their crap if they don't buy ours" Tinpot logic right here.
  • The same goes for the Japanese especially when it comes to automotive industry. Foreign cars like Ford, GM don't stand a chance. Posted via Android Central App
  • And trump wants to change that.
  • Edited.
  • TBH, japanese cars are much more reliable and has been since the mid 80s.
  • Ppl in South Korea buy a lot of products from other countries. They usually don't care. But in order to products, made by chinese companies, some people try not to buy them. Because they has stolen patents a lot. Not only companies of South Korea but also Many countries. Especially Apple and Samsung. If they become bigger, they will steal everything . And they will sue other companies they copied a lot first. And they will insist "these companies copied us first !! "
  • Huawei copied Samsung A LOT first . How do they sue Samsung first?! And Ppl in South Korea buy products a lot, made by USA.
    Especially incredibly expensive weapons from USA.
  • It's looks like Huawei is looking for some free publicity. S7 edge/AC app
  • they get plenty of that from Android central lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • But of course. How else is Huawei expected to finance its next round of Samsung knock-offs? LOL
  • Looks like the battle between the 2 Android Titans has begun in a serious fashion...in court. Anyone want some popcorn? I've got a whole bag of 'em!
  • I want skittles....
  • I have them too....although it's in a small packet....
  • The reason why Huawei has obtained many patents, Huawei has stolen patents A LOT from South Korea's companies. How do they can sue Samsung first?? China steal everything not only South Korea but also USA . We shouldn't buy products made by chinese company. At the end, they will still everything.
    Look at that! China have the hide of an elephant.
    Their job is stealing and media's manipulating .
  • I agree! Unfortunately, NA companies are all about profit so they wont be paying higher prices so their profit margins can be smaller. The big disadvantage of producing things like in China is your latest designs, IP will be leaked out. Take for example China's Meizu's Pro 6 with "their" new antenna lines that look very similar or exactly to the new iPhone 7. These companies wouldn't get a head start if Apple's iPhone manufacturing was on home base. Since day one Samsung has been copying Apple's iPhone and continues to get its inspiration from the latest iPhone's released. It's so crazy how companies like Samsung and the new era of Chinese phone manufacturers are looking more and more like an iPhone. Geez, just shows these companies cannot come up with an original design. At least other non Asian phone manufacturers like Motorola, MS and BlackBerry deserve credit for their effort in releasing non iPhone clones! Posted via Android Central App
  • We shouldn't buy products, made by chinese companies like Huawei , if they become bigger, they will steal everything
  • Wow a Chinese company suing over copyright? Yet China has an unlicensed world of Warcraft theme park that the government is cool with lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • I really do hate Chinese staffs .. Always they are looking for an angle to make cheap money Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh this is rich....the irony is burning through my screen.
  • Huawei know full well this will be
    in courts for years. Just there way of giving Samsung a black eye and and putting there image in bad taste of the Chinese people . That's the way it's done in China. I mean really there own people don't want there products. That's why they copy name brand stuff Posted via the Android Central App