Court finds Samsung guilty of infringing on 4G patents owned by Huawei

Court finds Samsung guilty of infringing on 4G patents owned by Huawei

At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, Huawei CEO Richard Yu had something more to say than just showcasing the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, going off script by the end of his keynote.

The Chinese technology firm has been steadily advancing in the global smartphone market.

It's true that the Chinese manufacturer has pretty big ambitions, and its latest smartphones can absolutely compete with the best that Apple and Samsung already offer.

The Huawei's CEO of the Consumer unit, Richard Yu, told a broad audience at the CES Technology Fair in Las Vegas that the deal with a USA operator "unfortunately" has not been achieved. "We have flexibility in who we support today, so adding Huawei, in addition to Apple and Android, would be nice", the channel partner said.

About a month later, the Chinese company sued Samsung again and requested 12 million dollars from the Korean smartphone maker.

While Huawei does sell its smartphones in the USA, it does so without the benefit of a partnership with any of the country's four major wireless carriers, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon Wireless.

He said Huawei's proprietary mobile chips may have presented a bigger regulatory hurdle for its US market entry in the current political climate, compared with other Chinese vendors' entry strategy that relies on USA chip suppliers.

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"Everybody knows that in the United States market over 90 percent of smartphones are sold by carrier channels", he said. "They need Huawei. Huawei, we will bring more value to them, to the carriers, more importantly, to the consumers in the U.S".

The letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, which was signed by 18 lawmakers, noted concerns about Chinese companies in the USA telecommunications industry.

The letter said Congress has "long been concerned about Chinese espionage in general, and Huawei's role in that espionage in particular", according to the Times' report.

Both AT&T and Huawei declined to comment, the Journal reported. It may be hard to find another U.S. mobile operator to carry its products.

He also said that he felt that security concerns raised back in 2012 - the House Intelligence Committee called the company a national security threat - were likely the cause for the deal's demise, but that the fears were unfounded.

It has to allocate some budget to enhance its public image in the U.S., and even seek the assistance of partners like Google to promote its business. The company was founded more than two decades ago by a former engineer from the country's People's Liberation Army, but Huawei has denied repeatedly that it has any ties to the government. They may even have to sacrifice some of their own corporate tenets to abide by the rules of the game. Companies have increasingly filed patent-related lawsuits in China as the nation takes position as the world's top smartphone market.