Huawei cannot obstruct Samsung China production: US court

Huawei is China’s most significant maker of phones and network equipment, while Samsung is the world’s biggest maker of smart devices and semiconductors. Picture: AFP Huawei is China’s most significant maker of phones and network equipment, while Samsung is the world’s biggest maker of smart devices and semiconductors. Image: AFP Washington/San Francisco: Samsung Electronics Co. can continue producing and selling mobile phones in China while it fights Huawei Technologies Co. over patent royalties, a US judge ruled. The order by a federal judge in San Francisco obstructs Huawei from implementing a choice by a Chinese court, which ruled Samsung is infringing 2 Huawei patents.

In January, the Intermediate People’s Court of Shenzhen disallowed Samsung affiliates from production and selling the company’s 4G LTE standardized smart devices in China. Samsung is appealing. But the US judge stated the Chinese judgment cannot work till he rules on a breach of agreement claim submitted in San Francisco. China is the world’s most significant mobile phone market. Samsung has actually argued that if the judgment prohibiting the sale of LTE-enabled phones stands, it will need to close its factories in China. Huawei is China’s greatest maker of phones and network equipment, while South Korea-based Samsung is the world’s biggest maker of mobile phones and semiconductors. The order from the Chinese court “might render useless the procedures here, and the risk of damage to Samsung’s operations in China in the interim is excellent,”‘ US District Court Judge William H. Orrick composed in Friday’s judgment.

Michael J. Bettinger, a lawyer for Huawei in San Francisco, didn’t instantly react to a call and an e-mail on Monday looking for talk about the judgment. The case is Huawei Technologies Co. v. Samsung Electronics Co., 16-cv-02787, US District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).