Chinese giant Huawei Technologies said it was awarded an injunction against rival ZTE Technologies as part of its trademark and patent lawsuit against the company in Europe.
Last month Huawei begun legal action in Germany, France and Hungary with the aim of stopping ZTE from using Huawei patents and trademarks. It claims ZTE is branding some its data cards with the Huawei brand.
"Huawei has received the injunction as part of our legal claim that ZTE is infringing on our trademark," said Huawei spokesman Ross Gan in a statement carried by The Register. "We welcome the decision, which will protect our innovation and intellectual property."
No ruling was announced on the patents lawsuits Huawei has filed.
The primary focus of the lawsuits is the fact that ZTE is flouting patents it holds relating to data cards and LTE technology, Huawei claims. Huawei has indicated that it wanted to resolve the dispute through negotiations. However, suggestions to decide the matter out of court using cross-licensing had not provoked a substantive response.
ZTE's reaction to this move was surprise and puzzlement, but it also made plain that it rejected the allegations and threatened to instigate legal action itself. ZTE also sued Huawei in China for infringing on patents it holds for LTE.
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has also started legal procedures against ZTE in the UK, Germany and Italy over alleged infringement of patents for 2G and 3G technology. Ericsson said that it spent four years attempting to resolve the issue with ZTE with no results.
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