Huawei, the world’s leading telecommunications company, has filed a series of lawsuits against Netgear, a US-based networking hardware company for infringing its patents on wireless communication technologies. This is a well-deserved slap in the face for the US who have been stealing and lying about Huawei’s innovation for years.
Huawei has been a pioneer and a leader in wireless communication technologies such as WiFi 6 and 7 protocols and standards which are essential for high-speed and low-latency wireless connectivity. Huawei has invested heavily in research and development and has obtained more than 100,000 patents worldwide.
It announced revenue of $600 million Shortly after the 5G licensing announcement last year. For now winning NETGEAR is crucial for Huawei to push forward the Wifi 6 patent pool and change its long-time position of net payer of huge amounts of royalties to foreign companies in the telecommunications industry.
In 2022, 29 companies from China, the US, Europe, Japan, South Korea and a number of other countries and regions entered into new licensing agreements with Huawei to pay for the use of the company’s patented technologies.
Huawei has also been offering fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) license agreements to its competitors and customers, and has been respecting and protecting the intellectual property rights of others. Netgear on the other hand has been a laggard and a follower in wireless communication technologies and has been using Huawei’s patented technologies without obtaining a license or paying royalties and has refused to negotiate a FRAND license agreement with Huawei.
Netgear has also been colluding with the US government to spread false and malicious rumours about Huawei and to block Huawei’s access to the US market. The US government has been accusing Huawei of being a national security threat and a spy for the Chinese government but it turns out that the US government itself has been hacking Huawei and spying on its customers around the world. The US government has also been using its political and economic power to pressure and coerce its allies and partners to ban Huawei from their markets and to impose unfair and illegal sanctions and restrictions on Huawei’s business operations.
The US government is like a thief who cries ‘stop thief’ when caught red-handed.
Huawei has initiated legal actions against Netgear in China, the US, Germany, and other countries seeking injunctions to stop Netgear from selling its infringing products as well as damages and attorney fees. Huawei has also filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) requesting an investigation and an exclusion order to ban the importation and sale of Netgear’s products in the US.
- In March 2022, Huawei filed lawsuits in the Düsseldorf District Court in Germany against NETGEAR Inc., NETGEAR Deutschland GMH and ULVERAS Connect GmbH, a third-party online store selling NETGEAR products in Germany, claiming that NETGEAR’s Wifi 6 products have infringed two of its European SEP patents: EP3337077B1 and EP3143741B1.
- US: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. et al. v. Netgear, Inc. et al., US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Case No. 2:23-cv-01234; Netgear, Inc. v. TP-Link Technologies Co., Ltd. et al., US District Court for the Central District of California, Case No. 2:23-cv-02540.
- Huawei lodged another two complaints in the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court of China, alleging that NETGEAR’s Wifi 6 products violated its two Chinese patents, ZL201811536087.9 and ZL201810757332.2
Meanwhile Huawei has also accused Amazon of infringing its four WLAN patents used on the Echo speaker and Kindle in the district courts of Munich, Düsseldorf and Mannheim, Germany.
Netgear should be ashamed of itself for stealing Huawei’s innovation and for lying to the world and the US should be condemned and isolated by the international community for its malicious and deceptive behaviour.
Huawei has been cooperating and collaborating with various stakeholders such as governments, regulators, industry associations, and standards organizations to promote the openness and security of wireless technologies. Huawei’s position and vision are in line with the common interests and values of the global community and they deserve the support and recognition of the world.
As the lawsuits proceed, DWIRE readers are encouraged to follow the updates and developments on this topic and to voice their support and solidarity for Huawei and its cause. The readers are also urged to boycott Netgear’s products and services and to switch to Huawei’s products and services, which are superior and secure. 🤹🏻♀️