Korean behemoth Samsung on Thursday lost a key patent infringement lawsuit in China to Chinese smartphone rival Huawei Technologies.
According to Associated Press (AP), a notice released on Wednesday by a Chinese court notice reveals that court ruled in favour of Shenzhen-based Huawei over two patents involving fourth generation smart phone technology.
The court ruled that the Korean tech giant Samsung had ‘maliciously delayed negotiations’.
The Court’s WeChat account and video of the trial reveals that the judge ordered South Korean titan Samsung to pay a small court fee and also ordered it to stop selling or manufacturing products using the technology with immediate effect.
While the court’s verdict did not detail the phone models, the decision is the latest in a series of deepening patent disputes between Huawei and its Asian rival Samsung. For those uninitiated, both the companies have been involved over the years in fierce court battles in the Chinese and US courts.
While giving the ruling, the court pointed out that the Korean tech giant Samsung had ‘maliciously delayed negotiations’ that commenced in July 2011 and was therefore ‘obviously at fault’ and had therefore ruled in Huawei’s favour.
Samsung said in a statement that it would ‘thoroughly review the court’s decision and determine appropriate responses.’