There was a time when Samsung Electronics and Apple were constantly throwing lawsuits at one another, but a couple of years ago the two giants have decided to set some of their differences aside in favor of nurturing their own businesses. However, this doesn’t mean that the tech world is now free of lawsuits, and more recently, Huawei and Samsung seem to have become more aggressive towards each other. Back in May 2016, Huawei filed a patent lawsuit against Samsung in both China and the United States, and earlier this month the same company followed with yet another lawsuit against Samsung, this time only in China. Today, in a twist of events, Samsung Electronics announced that it sued Huawei Technologies for patent infringements, once again, in China.
According to a Reuters report, Samsung Electronics is suing Huawei through multiple courts in China. A couple of weeks ago the company sued Huawei in a court in Beijing and claimed that the Chinese smartphone maker has infringed six patents. Apparently, Samsung Electronics has claimed 161 million Yuan ($24 million) in damages and has asked Huawei to stop manufacturing and selling the products said to infringe on Samsung’s patents. According to the court in Beijing, this includes products such as the Huawei Mate 8, and other smartphones bearing the “Honor” moniker. Samsung Electronics told Reuters that “Despite our best efforts to resolve this matter amicably, it has regrettably become necessary to take legal action in order to defend our intellectual property”. On the other hand, Huawei Technologies claims that it has yet to receive a “formal complaint”, but that the company will defend itself, should it be necessary.
Interestingly enough, however, CIMB analyst, Lee Do-hoon, is of the opinion that neither Samsung nor Huawei are motivated by the monetary gain of their actions. Reportedly, Huawei Technologies might be looking to increase its reputation by challenging the world’s No. 1 smartphone manufacturer through patent lawsuits, whereas Samsung’s recent lawsuit might be part of a strategy to force Huawei to settle its claims. The analyst drew a parallel between Samsung and Apple, saying that “if you look at the patent battle with Apple and Samsung, it ultimately created a lot of benefits for Samsung in a kind of an advertisement”. Huawei is currently the world’s 3rd largest smartphone maker following Apple and Samsung.