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Huawei wins patent infringement legal case against smartphone rival Samsung

The court ruled in Huawei's favour over two patents involving fourth-generation phone technology (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)
The court ruled in Huawei's favour over two patents involving fourth-generation phone technology (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

Tech giant Huawei has won a patent infringement lawsuit against South Korea smartphone rival Samsung, according to information released by a Chinese court.

The court ruled in the Chinese company's favour over two patents involving fourth-generation phone technology, according to a notice released through the court's WeChat account and video of the trial.

The judge ordered Samsung to immediately stop selling or manufacturing products using the technology and to pay a small court fee.

The decision by the Shenzhen Intermediate Court is the latest in a series of deepening patent disputes between the Asian smartphone makers, which have filed against each other in the United States and China in recent years.

Huawei's headquarters is in Shenzhen, in southern China across the border from Hong Kong. The company is the dominant player in China's smartphone market, though globally it trails Samsung and Apple.

The court said it ruled in Huawei's favour after finding Samsung "maliciously delayed negotiations" that began in July 2011 and was "obviously at fault".

Samsung said in a statement that it would "thoroughly review the court's decision and determine appropriate responses".

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