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Nokia Sues Huawei to Protect T-Mobile over 4G LTE Patent Infringement Case

In the first week of this month, Huawei has filed a patent infringement case against T-Mobile in the U.S. In 2014; T-Mobile has accused Chinese largest smartphone maker Huawei of capturing photographs of their Robo-Tech called Tappy and even attempted to enter into the T-Mobiles restricted areas. In May this year, Huawei has sued Samsung for the same patent infringement and Samsung in return threatened with the countersuit. Apart from smartphone manufacturing, Huawei is also one of the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturers.

Coming to the latest patent infringement case, Huawei has filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court in Eastern Texas and is not asking for the money as the compensation. Instead, Huawei wants T-Mobile to sign the agreement under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. Huawei mentioned that it had invested over $40 billion in R&D in the last ten years, and the latest infringement case is to protect those big investments. Since T-Mobile is one of the major customers for Nokia, it had filed patent infringement case against Huawei.

Now Nokia says Huawei hasn’t renewed the patent agreement after the expiration of the license agreement in 2013. The recently launched smartphones Huawei 6P, Honor 5X, and Huawei P8 Lite all comes under the Nokia’s patent infringement. As of now, there is no information whether this will be clubbed Huawei vs T-Mobile case or will be held separately. Even though Samsung and Apple are losing its markets shares, Huawei has been on the rise with its global expansion. In January 2016, Huawei signed the global patent licensing agreement with Ericson that worths $3 billion.

By Teja Chedalla on Monday 18th of Jul 2016


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