Huawei’s rapid growth may come with some consequences from competition. Samsung recently filed a lawsuit against Huawei in Beijing alleging that the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is infringing on six patents. Samsung wants Huawei to cough up about $24.1 million in damages, The Wall Street Journal said.
Samsung also wants the Beijing court to block sales of some of Huawei’s products, including the Mate 8 and others that are sold under Huawei’s “Honor” brand, which Samsung believes specifically infringe on patents that it believes Huawei should be licensing. According to The Wall Street Journal, Samsung has worked with other smartphone makers that have agreed to pay licensing fees, but Huawei has rebuffed those discussions.
“Despite our best efforts to resolve this matter amicably, it has regrettably become necessary to take legal action in order to defend our intellectual property,” Samsung said. Huawei told The Wall Street Journal that Samsung hasn’t come forward with a “formal complaint.” “In the absence of a negotiated settlement, litigation is often an efficient way to resolve disputes,” the company said.