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ZTE Fires Back at Huawei in Chinese IP Showdown

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Toy soldiers line up for battleIt seems like just yesterday that Chinese telecom ZTE was stuck on the defensive end of multiple IP suits filed by rival Huawei Technologies in France, Germany and Hungary. In fact, it was yesterday.

Today, ZTE responded with a lawsuit of its own. The company announced it is suing Huawei in China for patent infringement over its own fourth-generation LTE wireless technologies. The company is demanding Huawei stop the patent infringement and pay damages. (The release did not mention the data card technology that is part of the basis for Huawei’s suit.)

ZTE also indicated the home-turf lawsuit was just the beginning of a more global legal blitz. “There will also be a series of legal actions taken globally to protect ZTE’s rights on intellectual properties, ensuring its legitimate rights and interests will not be compromised,” the company said in a statement.

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