(Yicai Global) May 25 -- Huawei Technologies Ltd. said today it is suing Samsung Electronics Co. for infringement of intellectual property rights in China and the US, claiming compensation for high-value patents related to telecom technologies and applications installed on Samsung smartphones.
Shenzhen-based Huawei says it is entitled to reasonable compensation from companies using its technology without proper licensing. It hopes that Samsung will respect its research and development and IP rights, and refrain from any infringement. Huawei, the third-largest smartphones maker, owns patents essential to mobile communications standards.
"We will robustly defend this case by all means necessary, including counterclaims," Mr. Ahn Seung-Ho, vice president of Samsung's IP department, told reporters in response to the lawsuit. Seoul-based Samsung "has reviewed its contents, and is developing specific countermeasures."
Huawei's legal action against the world's biggest maker of smartphones is likely intended to both defend its intellectual property rights and promote its image as a global innovator. It also serves as a warning to powerful rivals in the Chinese market to respect its IP.
Huawei spent CNY59.6 billion (USD9 billion) on technology, product and wireless communications research and development, accounting for 15 percent of revenue, according to its 2015 annual report. Last year, the company filed 3,898 patents and ranked top in a list of global PCT patent applicants released by the World Intellectual Property Organization.