US Senator Marco Rubio targets Huawei over patents

June 18, 2019 09:18
US Senator Marco Rubio is said to have filed for legislation that would prevent China's Huawei from seeking damages in American patent courts. Photo: Reuters

US Senator Marco Rubio filed legislation on Monday that would prevent China's Huawei Technologies from seeking damages in American patent courts, Reuters reports.

Under Rubio's proposed amendment, companies on certain US government watch lists would not be allowed to seek relief under American law with respect to US patents, including bringing legal action over patent infringement, according to the report.

The legislative push came after reports that Huawei demanded that US wireless carrier Verizon Communications pay a huge sum to license the rights to patented technology.

Reuters reported earlier this month that Huawei is believed to have told Verizon that it should pay licensing fees for more than 230 of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker’s patents.

Huawei was said to be seeking more than US$1 billion in aggregate from the US firm.

Rubio, one of the Republican party’s leading foreign policy voices, made his filing as an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, a massive bill setting policy for spending by the Department of Defense.

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