It's being reported by many publications in China such as TechWeb that in a patent infringement suit brought against Samsung Electronics by Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies, the court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Huawei. Yesterday the Quanzhou Intermediary Court in Fujian ordered three Samsung subsidiaries in China to pay 80 million yuan (US$11.6 million) for compensation. The news was also reported on by Reuters.
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."
The products on whose patents Huawei claimed were infringed include 16 models including Samsung's Galaxy S7.
Here's to hoping that the Chinese Courts don't allow Samsung to play the never ending game of appeals while attempting to nullify the patents used against them as they have endlessly done with other cases including their case with Apple. Patent infringement cases should allow one swift appeal and then have an iron fist of justice force the infringers to pay up or have their products removed from the marketplace. Habitual patent infringers like Samsung have to be handled swiftly to make blatant infringing unprofitable.
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