Patent War: Samsung vs Huawei
Huawei’s welcome gift from Samsung as it joins the pantheon of smartphone greats are a bunch of lawsuits. The patent war has started.
Huawei has gained traction and has started its invasion of the western market especially in the US. Being currently the third largest smartphone manufacturer alongside Apple and Samsung, it’s about time it gets the welcome it deserves: a bunch of patent lawsuits from Samsung.
A little bit of history, Huawei filed suit against Samsung for allegedly using its 11 standard-essential patents made and owned by Huawei. Now Samsung is returning the favor by firing its own lawsuits to Huawei. Samsung is making claims that Huawei infringed six patents for their tablets and smartphones and wants 161 million yuan or $24.1 million in damages. It also wants to block Huawei from selling and making these electronic products.
Samsung said it had “faithfully negotiated with other patent holders for the fair licensing of technology.” The company added: “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.”
Lawsuits like these show Huawei’s growth in market share and posing as Samsung’s deep Android rival. Gartner shows that a growth from 5.4 percent to 8.3 percent in Huawei’s first three months market share of the year, while Samsung’s dipped slightly from 24.1 percent to 23.2 percent.