Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei won the first trial of a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics in China over a telecommunication standard patent. Although the ruling will not immediately affect the sales volume of Samsung Electronics products, Huawei will take advantage of this legal victory as an opportunity to publicize its technological prowess.
According to China’s local media such as China Central Television (CC TV) on January 11, the People's Middle Court in Shenzhen ruled in favor of Huawei in the first trial of the lawsuit brought by Huawei against Samsung. The court ruled that Samsung had violated Huawei's 4G communication standard patent and ordered Samsung to immediately stop violating Huawei's rights by way of manufacturing and selling among others.
The lawsuit was filed by Huawei in the US Federal Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco and the court in Shenzhen of China at the same time at the end of May 2016. In the lawsuit, Huawaei claimed that Samsung Electronics and its affiliates gained huge profits by selling products based on Huawei technology. Huawei has been emphasizing its technological power while filing dozens of patent lawsuits in China and the United States since this lawsuit.
The smartphone industry expects that the two companies will have a duel with their honors and reputations at stake in earnest with this ruling as a beginning. Samsung Electronics cannot help trying to turn the tide by appealing to the court on the home ground of Huawei in China and concentrating on trials in the US and elsewhere. This means that in the end, a war will be waged between Samsung Electronics which wants to keep its technological advantages and Huawei which wants to remove its image as an imitator and prove its technological power in overseas markets such as the United States.