Huawei defeats Samsung in patent battle in China

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The patent win comes at a time Huawei is gaining market share from Samsung

The Chinese smartphone-maker Huawei has won a patent victory over its South Korean rival Samsung.

A Chinese court in Quanzhou has ordered the Galaxy S8-maker to pay 80m yuan ($11.6m; £9.3m) to Huawei for infringing the firm’s smartphone cellular technologies.

The two are also suing each other over patents in other courts.

Huawei’s victory was tempered, however, by news that it could face a sales ban in the UK.

Huawei launched the legal action against Samsung last May and has subsequently followed with other claims filed in its home city of Shenzhen and California, covering more than 10 patents.

It has alleged that more than 20 models of Samsung’s phones and tablets make use of its technologies without permission.

Samsung countersued in July over six alleged infringed patents, saying it had attempted to resolve the dispute “amicably”.

Huawei was the world’s third-bestselling smartphone-maker in 2016 and Samsung the first, according to market research firm IDC.

Although intellectual property disputes that pitted one tech giant against another were common a few years ago, they have been fought out of the public eye in more recent times. Even so, many of the details of the latest case were redacted by the court because of commercial privacy concerns.

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