Samsung & Huawei Call Patent Truce In Tough Market
Smartphone rivals, Huawei and Samsung, have reportedly settled a three-year patent dispute, affecting 40+ lawsuits. Commentators claim the truce seeks to re-direct funds into combating a sluggish global market.
According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the news will see both parties edge closer to signing a cross-licensing patent deal for basic technology.
Whilst the terms of the settlement have not been publicly disclosed, all related lawsuits are being dropped.
The news follows another milestone truce, with Apple and Qualcomm ending their long-running patent dispute last month, amid growing pressure for a 5G iPhone.
Commentators claim the company have sought to re-direct legal funds into R&D and smartphone development, amid significant market pressure and slow replacement cycles.
According to IDC, global smartphone shipment dropped 4.1% in 2018 – the second straight year-on-year decline.
The companies are also ramping up their 5G-handset efforts, despite Huawei’s recent trade war with the United States.
Despite being embroiled in a global security saga, Huawei has continued to report significant smartphone growth, notching a record US$107.1 billion revenue for full-year 2018.
Commentators assert a fierce smartphone market has encouraged former rivals to mend ties, and focus on growing sales.