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Huawei, Samsung agree to settle patent dispute in U.S. court

The participants of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. ‘ s Unpacked event in the testing of the new devices in San Francisco, California, USA, 20 February 2019, REUTERS/Stephen Nellis

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s Huawei Technologies and South Korean Samsung Electronics have agreed to settle a two-year-old patent dispute in the United States, court documents show.

The two companies submitted a joint motion to a US appeals court on Tuesday to pause legal proceedings concerning their intellectual property disputes, because they are included in a settlement agreement on February 25.

The two largest manufacturers of Android smartphones have been fighting in courts in the United States and in China since 2016, with Huawei claiming that Samsung had used his mobile communication technology without permission and has unreasonably delayed by the conclusion of a license agreement.

Samsung had denied the allegations and accuses Huawei of the search of “grossly” inflated licensing fees, countersuing Huawei in the United States.

The joint submission on Tuesday gave no reason for the proposed settlement. The asked for a 30-day stay, after which the two companies expect to finalize a settlement, in which Huawei would drop an appeal request. The case was originally set to go to trial in September.

Huawei and Samsung not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In January 2018, a Shenzhen court exceeds a federal district court in San Francisco, ruling for Huawei and a certificate to unblock the Samsung Chinese partners from the production and sale of 4G-LTE smartphones in China. A judge before whom the parallel U.S. case in April ordered Huawei not to enforce, the Shenzhen court, the prohibition.

Reporting by Sijia Jiang; Additional reporting by Rama Venkat in Bengalaru

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