A Chinese court has ordered the South Korean giant to pay Huawei 80 million yuan (around $11.6 million) for patent violations, reports ZDNet.
Samsung, despite its Note 7 disaster last year, remained the biggest smartphone maker globally, followed by Apple and then Huawei.
In a string of claims filed in California and Shenzhen, China, Huawei alleged that over 20 models of Samsung’s phones and tablets violated more than 10 of its patents, reported Reuters.
Since 2014, Apple has been in and out of court for allegations it infringed on Baidu-backed phonemaker Shenzhen Baili’s design patent.
Samsung lodged a counterclaim in China, alleging that Huawei infringed on its patents too.
Huawei defeats Samsung in patent battle in China
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The patent win comes at a time Huawei is gaining market share from SamsungThe Chinese smartphone-maker Huawei has won a patent victory over its South Korean rival Samsung.
Huawei was the world’s third-bestselling smartphone-maker in 2016 and Samsung the first, according to market research firm IDC.
A spokesman for Samsung said it intended to review the court’s decision and would decide its response later.
“Huawei is still evaluating the decision as well as its possible next steps,” said a spokesman for the firm.
Samsung countersued in July over six alleged infringed patents, saying it had attempted to resolve the dispute “amicably”.
China court orders Samsung units to pay $11.6 million to Huawei over patent case
The court ordered the five firms to stop infringing Huawei’s copyrights and ordered the three Samsung units to pay the damage.
HONG KONG A Chinese court has ordered Samsung Electronics’s (005930.KS) mainland subsidiaries to pay 80 million yuan ($11.60 million) to Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] for patent infringement, the China firm’s first victory against Samsung on its legal challenges over intellectual property.
Huawei filed lawsuits against Samsung in May in courts in China and the United States – the first by it against Samsung – claiming infringements of smartphone patents.
Samsung subsequently countersued Huawei in China for IP infringement.
Three units of Samsung have been ordered by the Quanzhou Intermediary Court to pay the sum for infringing a patent held by Huawei Device Co Limited, the handset unit of Huawei, the Quanzhou Evening News, a government-run newspaper, said on its website on Thursday.
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