In a patent infringement suit raised against Samsung Electronics by Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies, the court ruled in favor of the plaintiff. According to TechWeb, a Chinese IT news site, and other sources on April 6, the Quanzhou Intermediary Court in Fujian ordered three Samsung subsidiaries in China to pay 80 million yuan (US$11.6 million) for compensation.
The latest verdict was the result of a second patent infringement lawsuit raised by Huawei in June last year. The Chinese company at the time argued in its complaint, "Samsung took advantage of our patents in relation to icons in the phone's folder and the way its widget works." The products on whose patents Huawei claimed were infringed include 16 models including Samsung's Galaxy S7. Earlier in May last year, the Chinese company brought Samsung to court in the United States and China in relation to its 4G mobile standards.
Samsung Electronics officials responded that they would determine what to do after examining the ruling carefully. An official said, "We haven't decided whether to appeal the case as of yet."
Samsung countersued Huawei in China in July last year. At the time, Samsung sued Beijing Hengtongda Department Store, retailer for Huawei goods, as well as Huawei in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court for 161 million yuan ($23.3 million), arguing that the defendants used six patents including those related to the digital camera and mobile communications system's control information transfer technology without its permission.