Huawei “seeks compensation over Samsung patent violation”

– Chinese tech giant Huawei said Wednesday, May 25 it has filed patent infringement lawsuits against South Korean mobile phone rival Samsung in the United States and China, in a case that highlights the rise of Asian competitors as technology creators, the Associated Press says.

Huawei Technologies Ltd. said it wants “reasonable compensation” but gave no financial figure for its claim against Samsung Electronics Ltd.

Huawei is a leading maker of network switching gear used by phone companies and launched its own smartphone brand in 2009. It became the No. 3 vendor last year and accounted for 8.2 percent of global sales in the first quarter of this year, according to the International Data Corporation.

Samsung is the biggest global mobile phone brand, with a 24.5 percent market share in the first quarter, according to IDC. Apple was No. 2 with 15.3 percent.

The lawsuits against Samsung cover four patents for mobile devices and eight for networks, according to a Huawei spokesman, Joe Kelly. He said Huawei was not asking the court to restrict sales of Samsung handsets.

In a statement, the president of Huawei’s intellectual property department, Ding Jianxing, expressed hope Samsung would sign a license agreement “and work together with Huawei to jointly drive the industry forward.”

In an email, Samsung said, “We will thoroughly review the complaint and take appropriate action to defend Samsung’s business interests.”