China’s Huawei has won a patent infringement lawsuit against South Korea’s Samsung Electronics in its home country. A Shenzhen court ruled in favor of Huawei over two patents involving fourth-generation (4G) cellular technology.
The details of the ruling were released by the Chinese court in its WeChat account along with video of the trial. The judge ordered Samsung Electronics to immediately stop sales and manufacturing of products that use the two patents suggested in the lawsuit. The South Korean company has also been ordered to pay a small court fee but the ruling did not reveal which Samsung models infringe Huawei’s patents.
According to Associated Press, the Shenzhen Intermediate court said the ruling in favor of Huawei was reached after finding that Samsung “maliciously delayed negotiations” that began in 2011 and was “obviously at fault.” The ruling further highlights a series of patents battles between the Asian smartphone makers especially the ones pertaining to breach of phone technologies. Samsung, Apple, Huawei and others have filed lawsuits against each other in the US and China in recent years to protect their intellectual property.
Huawei is the leading smartphone brand in China but it trails behind Samsung and Apple in the global market. In a statement, Samsung said that it would “thoroughly review the court’s decision” and determine appropriate action. The verdict won’t have any major implications on Samsung especially considering its negligible presence in the Chinese smartphone market. According to Kantar Worldpanel, Samsung has just 2.2 percent market share in China and the market is controlled by the likes of Huawei, Xiaomi, Apple, Vivo and Oppo.
Huawei’s victory in China comes after the company failed to reach a deal with US carrier AT&T to offer its flagship Mate 10 at a subsidized price. Huawei has significant presence in its home market, Europe and emerging markets with the help of its Honor brand but it is yet to experience the American market, where smartphones are majorly sold with carrier deals. Huawei’s proposed deal with AT&T fell through dealing a major blow to its US expansion plans.