Huawei found guilty of 4G LTE patent infringements, has to pay $10.5 million

Ro, 01 September 2018

Recently, Huawei was forced to exit the US market - at least partially - and suffered great losses, but the troubles don't seem to stop there as a jury at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas found the Chinese firm guilty of multiple patent infringements.

Reportedly, back in 2014, the US company PanOptis tried to contact Huawei and schedule meetings to discuss the violations and even offered reasonable non-discriminatory terms to license the patents so Huawei can continue using those technologies. After three consecutive years and numerous letters, the Chinese tech giant refused to respond, so in October 2017 PanOptis had to file a complaint.

Allegedly, Huawei had infringed upon multiple patents (five in total) regarding 4G LTE connectivity in consumer-grade devices. We are talking LTE technologies needed to decode picture and audio data. Interestingly enough, the complaint only mentions three devices - Nexus 6P, Mate 9 and P8 Lite.

Of course, Huawei will appeal the case, but if found guilty the firm needs to pay a $10.5 million fine on those infringed patents. It might not sound much but it still might make Huawei bleed in an already lost market.

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All Chinese manufacturers like to copy.

  • Anonymous

Not surprised. It's China after all. They don't give a flying f**k about copyright or intellectual property.

Lol copycat company. Rip

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