Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd has sued Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd for infringement of its 11 smartphone patents related to 4G smartphones. The lawsuits are filed in the United States and China, mainly seeking compensation.
According to Huawei’s lawsuit, Samsung is blamed for what it said was “unlicensed use of fourth-generation (4G) cellular communications technology, operating systems, and user interface software” on Samsung phones.
“We hope Samsung will … stop infringing our patents and get the necessary license from Huawei, and work together with Huawei to jointly drive the industry forward,” Ding Jianxing, president of Huawei’s Intellectual Property Rights Department, said in a statement.
Samsung told Reuters it would “take appropriate action to defend Samsung’s business interests” without elaborating further.
According to Huawei, it spends 15% of its revenue on research and development. Huawei has generated most of its revenue making telecommunications infrastructure. The company said that it has been granted 50,377 patents globally as of Dec. 31.
“We have a good history of licensing and cross-licensing of our peers,” said William Plummer, a Huawei spokesman. “We hope that Samsung will do the right thing.”
This is not the first time that Samsung gets blamed for infringment. In 2011, Apple sued Samsung in the United States claiming the unlicensed use of technology and also for imitating iPhone’s design got its smartphones. The duo subsequently filed a number of suits against each other in several jurisdictions but agreed in August 2014 to drop all litigation outside the United States.