According to Huawei Inc., it was pursuing its South Korean rival, Samsung, in two courts; one in California, the other in Shenzhen where the Chinese company is headquartered. The company added saying several of its cellular communications and software inventions had been used in Samsung’s phones without its permission.
The company says, at least some of them are classed as Frand – an acronym referring to “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory”. Meaning, the Chinese company has committed itself to offering anyone a licence so long as they agree to a non-excessive compensation, BBC reports.
This kind of agreement is common in the tech sector as it makes it possible for different companies’ products to communicate and share data formats with each other.
Huawei’s intellectual property chief indicated it was seeking permission to use some of Samsung’s technologies in return rather than seeking a payment.
“Huawei believes that industry players should work together to push the industry forward through open, joint innovation,” Ding Jianxing, President of Huawei’s Intellectual Property Rights Department said in a statement. “While respecting others’ patents, we will also protect our own.”
“We hope Samsung will respect Huawei’s R&D investment and patents, stop infringing our patents and get the necessary licence from Huawei, and work together with Huawei to jointly drive the industry forward.”
The specific patents involved have not been disclosed.