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Samsung Just Lost a Big Legal Battle With Huawei in China

April 8, 2017, 4:56 PM UTC

Samsung has lost a big patent battle with smartphone rival Huawei.

A Chinese court in Quanzhou has ordered the consumer electronics giant to pay Huawei 80 million yuan, or $11.6 million, for allegedly infringing on the Chinese phone maker’s intellectual property, according to a report this week by ZDNet.

The disputed technology patents are related to a smartphone’s graphical displays, such as how certain icons should be arranged, the tech publication noted. Huawei alleged that that over 20 different Samsung smartphones and tablets violated its patents, Reuters reported.

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“Over many years, Samsung Electronics has pioneered the development of innovative mobile technologies through continuous investment in R&D to provide consumers with a wide selection of innovative products,” a Samsung spokesperson told ZDnet. “We will thoroughly review the court’s decision and determine appropriate responses.”

Reuters reported Huawei still has several on-going lawsuits with Samsung in both China and the United States. Additionally, Samsung countersued Huawei last July and alleged that two of Huawei’s smartphones improperly used Samsung’s technology, according to the ZDnet report.

A Huawei spokesperson told the BBC that it “notes the court’s decision in this case.”

“Huawei believes that respecting and protecting the intellectual property of others enables all companies to make a return on our R&D investments,” the spokesperson said. “We maintain that respect for intellectual property promotes innovation and healthy, sustained growth in the industry.”