Huawei, Verizon agree to settle patent lawsuits

Huawei Technologies and Verizon Communications agreed to settle a pair of lawsuits alleging patent infringement.
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The confidential settlement came days into a trial that opened in one of the two lawsuits last week. Huawei and Verizon filed joint motions to dismiss both cases and Verizon’s counterclaims late on Sunday in two U.S. courts in Texas.

In February 2020, Huawei sued Verizon alleging the company used a dozen Huawei patents without authorization in areas such as computer networking, download security, and video communications, seeking an unspecified amount of compensation and royalty payments.

Huawei said it holds more than 100,000 active patents worldwide, including about 10,000 U.S. patents.

Verizon had last year had filed counterclaims against Huawei, claiming the Chinese company violated Verizon patents.

Huawei said in 2020 it was 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 June 2019, Reuters reported that Huawei told Verizon it should pay licensing fees for use of more than 230 Huawei patents and was seeking more than $1 billion.