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Huawei plans to sue Verizon over IP patent theft claims

Huawei claims that the Verizon violated 12 of its patents relating to video and security applications

Huawei plans to sue Verizon over IP patent theft claims

Chinese telco, Huawei, has announced that it will sue Verizon, over a series of intellectual property infringements.

Huawei alleges that Verizon violated 12 patents held by Huawei, relating to video communications and download security.

"Verizon's products and services have benefited from patented technology that Huawei developed over many years of research and development," said Dr. Song Liuping, Huawei's chief legal officer.

Huawei holds around 80,000 patents related to next generation connectivity, 10,000 of which have been filed in the US. Huawei claims to have negotiated extensively with Verizon prior to bringing legal action. Verizon has not yet commented on the suit.

"We invest heavily in R&D because we want to provide our customers with the best possible telecommunications solutions," continued Dr. Song. "We share these innovations with the broader industry through license agreements. For years now we have successfully negotiated patent license agreements with many companies. Unfortunately, when no agreement can be reached, we have no choice but to seek a legal remedy.”

"This is the common practice in the industry. Huawei is simply asking that Verizon respect Huawei's investment in research and development by either paying for the use of our patents, or refraining from using them in its products and services."

The company says that it has has received more than US$1.4 billion dollars in patent license fees since 2015 and claims it has also paid over US$6 billion dollars for the legitimate use of patented technologies developed by industry peers. 80% of these license fees have gone to companies in the United States.

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