Chinese Court Finds Samsung Did Infringe Huawei's 4G Patents

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South Korea's Samsung has been found to be infringing upon two standard essential 4G LTE patents held by China's Huawei, the Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court recently ruled. The court ordered Samsung to cease its infringing activities, which mean the manufacture and sale of products that use the patented technologies, but no information about an award to Huawei or any further punitive action against Samsung beyond a comparatively nominal court fee has been announced at this time. Cases like this normally end up going to appeals no matter which side wins, which in this instance would most likely land the case in the Guangdong High People's Court. Since Huawei won the case this time, it would be up to Samsung to file an appeal, if that's going to happen. This may be less likely than it usually is in similar cases; the Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court found that Samsung stalled out both the case and associated negotiations as long as possible on purpose because it knew that it was infringing upon Huawei's patents.

According to the Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court, this was one of the most complex technology patent cases it's ever taken on. The case took a grand total of 18 days for the court to decide on from the time it entered court systems. Before that, the case had allegedly been around in some form since about 2011. At that point, Samsung reportedly had begun to use the patents without licensure, and when Huawei approached the company about the matter, it stalled out negotiations long enough to spur Huawei to sue. The patents in general are known as standard essential because they are so basic in concept and necessary to their field that they can safely be deemed essential.

This comes after a win for Huawei back in 2017, when Samsung was forced to pay out 80 million yuan. The whole saga got to the point it's at now thanks to a suit filed in May of 2016 by Huawei, coming up against Samsung over a range of issues including the two 4G patents that this case centers around. Samsung's response was to sue Huawei in a number of international courts, but thus far, it looks as though the smaller OEM may have the legal upper hand in the long run if things don't change soon.

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