Huawei sues the U.S. company InterDigital in China over patent-practice

FILE PHOTO: People walk along a board of Huawei at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Asia 2016 in Shanghai, China, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song

(Reuters) – InterDigital Inc. on Monday said Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, filed a lawsuit against it in China, derived from the AMERICAN technology company had not licensed the intellectual property on fair terms.

The lawsuit was filed on 2 Jan. in the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court, alleged InterDigital breached an obligation to license the patents essential to the 3G, 4G and 5G wireless telecommunications standards on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, InterDigital said in a regulatory filing.

Huawei asked the court to determine a royalty rate that would be applicable to the wireless products from 2019 to 2023, Wilmington, Delaware-based InterDigital said.

A Huawei spokesman not immediately respond to a request for comment.

InterDigital is a research and development company that generates revenue by licensing a global portfolio of patents on innovations in the wireless technology.

InterDigital said that it had a patent license agreement with Huawei expired at the end of 2018.

Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Bill Trott

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