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Samsung sues rival Huawei for patent infringement

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. on Friday announced that it has sued Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. for patent infringements. The lawsuit was filed through multiple courts in China.

The suit came after the Korean tech company sued the Chinese tech firm for infringing six of its patents two weeks ago.

Samsung said that despite their best efforts to resolve the matter amicably, it has become necessary for the company to take legal action to defend its intellectual property.

In its official Weixin account, a Beijing intellectual property court said that Samsung sued Huawei and a department store in Beijing and asked for 161 million yuan ($24.14 million) in damages. The court added that Samsung asked the two defendants to stop the production and sales of Huawei’s Mate 8 and Honor smartphones as the products are infringes on its patents.

Huawei has said that it has not receive a formal complaint but would be ready to defend itself.

Back in May, Huawei also filed a lawsuit against Samsung in the U.S. and China for infringing its fourth-generation (4G) cellular communications technology, user interface software, and operating systems.

CIMB analyst Lee Do-hoon said that both sides might have ulterior motives in filing lawsuits against each other. According to him, Samsung’s motive might be to urge Huawei to settle as soon as possible while the latter might be looking to boost its reputation.

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