The recent allegations of businessman Rui Oliveira about a patent breach by Huawei are blackmailing according to the Chinese tech group. The company denies having used a telephone camera design from the Portuguese. According to Huawei, Oliveira is now looking for the media to hitch a ride with the negative attention due to American sanctions on the company.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the American authorities are looking at several new cases where Huawei may have ‘stolen’ intellectual property. One is Oliveira’s case.
Oliveira tried to sell a phone camera design to Huawei in 2014, writes the Chinese concern. That did not work then. Then the Chinese company came on the market in 2017 with its panoramic camera EnVizion 360. Following the launch, Huawei received several messages from Oliveira asking for “large sums of money” to compensate for an infringement of his US patents. He threatened to make his argument public and to exert influence through “political channels,” according to Huawei.