Huawei Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against L3Harris
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | Comments

Chinese company Huawei filed a patent infringement lawsuit against L3Harris Technologies in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, alleging that L3Harris Long Term Evolution (LTE) products infringe five Huawei patents.

The five patents at the heart of the case are U.S. Patent 7439,969, “Single Gesture Map Navigation Graphical User Interface for a Thin Client;” U.S. Patent No. 9,072,011, “Communication System, Network Handover Processing Method and Apparatus;” U.S. Patent No. 9,655,011, “Communication System, Network Handover Processing Method and Apparatus;” U.S Patent No. 8,270,371, “Method and apparatus for non-access stratum message processing during handover in evolved network;” and U.S. Patent No. 9,215,624, “Method and apparatus for non-access stratum message processing during handover in evolved network.”

The ‘5011 patent is a continuation of the ‘2011 patent and shares the same common specification, while the ‘624 patent is a continuation of the ‘371 patent and shares a substantially common specification.

Huawei alleged that L3Harris’ BeOn push-to-talk (PTT) application has several map-related features that infringe features described in the ‘969 patent, including displaying a map on the display screen of a thin client, performing a method for map navigation using a graphical user interface (GUI) on a thin client, and the ability to distinguish between movement-based gestures and non-movement based gestures using the distance in pixels a user’s touch has moved.

Meanwhile, Huawei alleged that Harris’ Tactical 4G LTE radios, which are used mainly in military applications, infringe the other four patents in a variety of ways. The company said that L3Harris should have been aware of those four patents because of two emails that Huawei sent L3Harris in December saying that Huawei’s patent portfolio includes several patents essential to the LTE standard, Huawei’s complaint said.

Huawei asked for a jury trial in the case. As relief, Huawei is seeking a determination of the conditions of future infringement such as an ongoing royalty, damages resulting from the infringement, and payment of Huawei’s costs and expenses related to the case and the infringement.

Harris and L3 Technologies completed a merger into L3Harris Technologies at the end of June. The products included in the case appear to be products produced by Harris prior to the merger.

The U.S. government has recently taken actions to limit federal government agencies from using products and components from Huawei and other Chinese telecommunications companies, saying that those companies are engaged in activities that are contrary to U.S. national security or foreign policy interest. Earlier this year, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers said that because of U.S. regulations, Huawei companies and employees could not participate in certain IEEE activities that are generally not open to the public.

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On 7/18/19, Leon van der Linde said:
Makes you wonder why they want to kick Huawei out of the country. Copying of products and then kick them out.

On 7/17/19, Radio Randy said:
Now there's a pot calling the kettle black situation if ever I saw one.

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