Huawei Technologies filed a patent lawsuit against South Korean electronics giant Samsung in China, alleging that a total of 16 Samsung products infringed Huawei's patent rights.
Reports said that the Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer is demanding 80 million yuan ($12 million) as compensation from Samsung.
Huawei reportedly claimed that Samsung had violated its patents on mobile terminal and display-related processing methods, which it used on a variety of smartphones like the Galaxy S7, the Galaxy S7 Edge and the Galaxy J5. These models were assembled at Samsung’s Huizhou and Tianjin factories, the Chinese company alleged.
Quanzhou Intermediate People's Court spokesman Wang Zhiwei told Reuters the court had accepted the case recently but did not provide further details like when the case was filed.
Huawei claimed that the company was granted a patent for certain technical solutions on terminal displays by China's State Intellectual Property Office on June 5, 2011. The company added that of the 16 claims within this patent, Samsung had violated eight.
In May this year, Huawei claimed to have sued Samsung in the U.S. and China, seeking compensation for infringing on a number of patents covering mobile devices and cellular-communications technology, reports said. The lawsuit reportedly marked the first legal challenge against industry giant Samsung by a Chinese smartphone maker.
A Samsung spokeswoman said the company will “thoroughly review the complaint” and take appropriate action. Huawei could not be reached for comment, reports said.