Huawei Sues Verizon for Patent Infringement
Huawei filed patent infringement lawsuits against Verizon in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. The company is seeking compensation for Verizon's use of patented technology that is protected by 12 of Huawei's US patents.
"Verizon's products and services have benefited from patented technology that Huawei developed over many years of research and development," said Song Liuping, Huawei's Chief Legal Officer. Before filing the lawsuits in Texas, Huawei negotiated with Verizon for a significant period of time, during which the company provided a detailed list of patents and factual evidence of Verizon’s use of the patents. The two parties were unable to reach an agreement on license terms.
"We invest heavily in R&D because we want to provide our customers with the best possible telecommunications solutions," continued Song. "We share these innovations with the broader industry through license agreements. For years now we have successfully negotiated patent license agreements with many companies. Unfortunately, when no agreement can be reached, we have no choice but to seek a legal remedy.”
Huawei said in a statment that it respects and protects intellectual property rights, advocating the legitimate sharing of patented technologies through cross-license or paid license agreements. The company added it is more than willing to continue sharing its leading R&D accomplishments with the industry and society as a whole. This includes both US companies and consumers, because sharing innovation more broadly is what drives the industry forward.