China’s Huawei sues Samsung for infringing on user software and 4G patents


Huawei is suing Korean manufacturer Samsung , claiming that the company hasn’t been paying up for patents covering its fourth-generation (4G) cellular communications technology, operating systems and user interfaces.

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

It’s quite unusual when Chinese firms sue other companies for stealing their design, because Chinese firms have often been on the receiving end of patent infringement disputes. Samsung told Reuters it would “take appropriate action to defend Samsung’s business interests” without elaborating further.

Huawei was founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei, a former engineer in the People’s Liberation Army. At the time of its establishment Huawei was focused on manufacturing phone switches, but has since expanded its business to include building telecommunications networks; providing operational and consulting services and equipment to enterprises inside and outside of China; and manufacturing communications devices for the consumer market.

The Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company is headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong. It is the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world, having overtaken Ericsson in 2012.

Samsung, founded by Lee Byung-chul in 1938, is a South Korean multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul. Samsung diversified into areas including food processing, textiles, insurance, securities and retail. Samsung entered the electronics industry in the late 1960s and the construction and shipbuilding industries in the mid-1970s. It’s product, Samsung Gear VR is a mobile virtual reality device developed in collaboration with Oculus VR. A compatible Samsung Galaxy device such as the S7 acts as the headset’s display and processor, while the Gear VR unit itself contains the high field of view lenses as well as a custom IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) for rotational tracking which connects to the smartphone via micro-USB.

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