Huawei is suing the American giant. Verizon: it's just PR
The Chinese group said it has filed a lawsuit for patent infringement by Verizon in the US District Courts for East and West Texas. Huawei expects the largest mobile operator in the United States to pay compensation for the use of technology protected by 12 US patents. Verizon says it's an attack on the technological ecosystem.
Before the case went to court, the Chinese group negotiated with Verizon. During this time, he showed his opponent a list of patent rights that he had unlawfully exercised. However, the parties did not reach an agreement. Dr. Song Liuping, head of Huawei's legal department, pointed out that the company has been conducting talks for years and usually signs license agreements with other companies.
– This is a common practice – emphasized the lawyer. – Huawei simply asks Verizon to respect investment in research and development, either by paying for the use of our patents or by refraining from using them in its own products and services.
In its statement, Huawei reminded that as a manufacturer of communication equipment, it invests over 10 percent every year. revenues in research and development. According to the company, the cost of such work has amounted to over USD 70 billion (approx. PLN 270 billion) over the last 10 years. One of the effects of the activities is 80,000 patents filed worldwide. In the United States alone, the company has more than 10,000
The Chinese group said that it respects intellectual property rights and believes that they should be shared through mutual licenses or fees. The company has already signed over 100 agreements with major suppliers of information and communication technologies in North America, Europe and Asia. Over the past 5 years, the company has earned $ 1.4 billion (almost PLN 5.5 billion) from these contracts. On the other hand, he paid $ 6 billion (over PLN 23 billion) for using someone's property, of which 80% fell to US companies.
Verizon has already commented on the situation, arguing that Huawei's lawsuit is just a PR service. According to the American company, the complaint is an attack not only on him, but on the entire technological ecosystem. The goal of the Chinese group is not Verizon, but every country or company that opposes it. In addition, a US telecom says the whole action doesn't make sense. | allthingsblogging.com
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