Huawei Slam “Fake” Patent Infringement Claims
Huawei has officially slammed allegations of patent infringement and technology theft, following recent US government probes and media reports.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) is investigating Huawei’s infringement of an attachable smartphone camera from Portuguese inventor, Rui Oliveira.
Huawei claims that Oliveira’s assertions were incorrect and accused him of sharing false information with the media in a bid to further ruin the company’s reputation.
“These allegations are fake, and Huawei categorically rejects Mr. Oliveira’s claims of patent infringement and has provided detailed documents in support of its stance,” Huawei said.
“Nevertheless, Mr. Oliveira proceeded to feed a false narrative to the media in an attempt to tarnish Huawei’s reputation and made further efforts to exert pressure on Huawei through senior government officials, trying to make the company cede to his demands and hand over large sums of money.”
According to Huawei, on May 28, 2014, representatives from Huawei’s US subsidiary met with Oliveira to pitch his camera design, which he alleged to have US patent pending. However, in the end, Huawei decided not to use his design and instead go with its own camera attachment.
“In 2017, Huawei started to sell EnVizion 360 panoramic camera, independently designed and developed by Huawei’s employees having no access to Mr. Oliveira’s information,” Huawei claims.
“Unlike Mr. Oliveira’s single-lens and expandable design, Huawei’s camera was non-expandable, featured lenses on both sides designed for panoramic pictures.”
“Beginning in April 2018 and continuing through March 2019, Mr. Oliveira began e-mailing Huawei, claiming that the EnVizion360 had infringed his US patents, and repeatedly issued threats, saying that if Huawei did not pay an extortionate amount of money, he would go to the media and exert pressure through political channels.”
Huawei argues that the move is part of a politically driven plot to further disrupt its business operations.
It also claims that the US government had threatened current and former employees, while also alleging that the US government had launched cyberattacks against it in an attempt to access internal information systems.
“It’s clear that Mr. Oliveira is taking advantage of the current geopolitical situation. He is pushing a false narrative through the media to capitalise on a dispute, and this type of behavior should not be encouraged, nor should it be considered rational justification for a criminal investigation by the US Department of Justice,” Huawei said.
“For the past several months, the US government has been leveraging its political and diplomatic influence to lobby other governments to ban Huawei equipment.”
“Furthermore, it has been using every tool at its disposal – including both judicial and administrative powers, as well as a host of other unscrupulous means – to disrupt the normal business operations of Huawei and its partners.”