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Samsung and Huawei bury the hatchet in China

Huawei and Samsung end their legal fight in China
Huawei and Samsung end their legal fight in China
The legal battle between Samsung and Huawei that involves multiple patent infringement cases seems to be finally reaching its end — at least for the time being. After settling their lawsuits in the US earlier this year, the two tech giants are now burying the hatchet in China as well, according to the local press.

In the tech world, patent infringement lawsuits are quite frequent. However, long legal battles between large companies often waste a lot of resources without offering any major benefit to any of the parties involved. Samsung and Huawei have been involved in legal disputes over dozens of patents, but the fight seems to be almost over now.

In the US, Samsung and Huawei decided to settle their lawsuits earlier this year. Now, it looks like they are dropping the patent infringement cases in China as well. Although there is no official statement yet, the Chinese media — quoted by SamMobile — revealed that the two aforementioned parties have finally reached a settlement through a litigation mediation of the Higher People's Court of Guangdong Province. The details are not public yet, but the insiders familiar with the matter claim that Samsung and Huawei have agreed to a framework for cross-licensing standard-essential patents worldwide.

The legal battle between Huawei and Samsung involved over 40 lawsuits, all related to various patents. Now, these two giants can focus on their main short-term goals. For Huawei, that would be taking over the global smartphone market so Samsung's main goal will be to defend its crown — or slide to the second place while trying, of course.


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Codrut Nistor, 2019-05-15 (Update: 2019-05-15)