A court in China has sided with local communications hardware maker Huawei in an intellectual property dispute with electronics giant Samsung, which has been ordered to pay Huawei 80 million yuan (£9.3m) in damages.
The Quanzhou Intermediary Court in China this week ruled that Samsung must pay-up over the "unlicensed use of fourth-generation (4G) cellular communications technology, operating systems and user interface software in Samsung phones", including the popular Samsung Galaxy S7.
"Huawei notes the court's decision in this case," a spokesperson for the company drily said.
"Huawei believes that respecting and protecting the intellectual property of others enables all companies to make a return on our R&D investments. We maintain that respect for intellectual property promotes innovation and healthy, sustained growth in the industry."
Samsung responded by saying that it will review the court's decision before it decides on its next course of action.
"Over many years, Samsung Electronics has pioneered the development of innovative mobile technologies through continuous investment in R&D to provide consumers with a wide selection of innovative products," a Samsung spokesperson said.
They continued: "We will thoroughly review the court's decision and determine appropriate responses."
And Samsung could eventually be forced to hand over a lot more than £9.3m to its rival, as Huawei has filed further patent infringement claims against the company in both China and the US. It claims that Samsung is infringing a number of its smartphone patents.
Indeed, Huawei has sued over more than 20 smartphone and tablet models that Samsung sells or has sold worldwide, and is seeking a total of $12.7bn in damages.
Samsung has countersued, though, and is alleging that Huawei's Honor and Mate 8 handsets contained technology that infringe Samsung intellectual property.
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