Samsung Ordered To Pay $7.3M In China Patent Case

By Ryan Davis (December 29, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A Chinese court has reportedly ordered South Korea-based Samsung Electronics Co. to pay $7.3 million to China-based Holley Communications for infringing a cell phone patent.

Xinhua, China's state news agency, reported that the Intermediate People's Court of Hangzhou ruled Dec. 20 that Samsung had infringed Holley's patent. The company was ordered to pay 50 million yuan, the largest amount ever awarded in a patent case involving China's telecom industry, Xinhua reported.

The patent covers technology that allows cell phones to operate on both major phone networks, Global System for Mobile Communications and Code Division Multiple Access.

Holley, which is based in...

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