Close to a year after suing Samsung in both China and the U.S for allegedly violating its patents on a number of cellular technologies and software, a Chinese court ruled that the South Korean company is guilty of patent infringement and have to pay 80 million yuan (~US$11.6 million).
Huawei pursed legal action against Samsung in May 2016 as it believed several of its cellular communications and software inventions have been used in Samsung’s phones without its permission. This was quickly followed up by another lawsuit in July after Huawei collected a significant amount of evidence through the purchase of a Galaxy S7, S7 edge and J5 to prove that these handsets infringe on another patent.
Samsung countersued Huawei over six patent infringements in China and wanted to claim 161 million yuan in damages. The South Korean company also demanded that Huawei halt its sales of smartphone models such as the Mate 9.
For now, Huawei said that it welcomed the court’s decision. Samsung indicated that it will review the court’s ruling and decide on the response.