Huawei denies US charges of technology theft

PARIS: The besieged Chinese telecom giant Huawei denied Tuesday the accusations reported in the Wall Street Journal that it stole technology from a Portuguese inventor, accusing him of taking advantage of the current geopolitical situation.

The U.S. Department of Justice UU. It is investigating the claim, which could increase existing criminal cases against Huawei, the WSJ reported last week.

Huawei, considered the world leader in superfast 5G equipment and the second largest smartphone producer in the world, was involved in an ever deeper trade war between Beijing and Washington in May, which has seen punitive tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars. Two way. Commerce.

The latest controversy involves Portuguese inventor Rui Pedro Oliveira, who claims that Huawei met him and then essentially ripped off one of his designs to produce the Huawei EnVizion 360 panoramic camera.

These accusations are false, Huawei said in a statement that categorically rejects Mr. Oliveira's patent infringement allegations.

During the last months, the United States government has been taking advantage of its political and diplomatic influence to pressure other governments to ban Huawei equipment.

In addition, it has been using all the tools at its disposal, including judicial and administrative powers, as well as a number of other unscrupulous means, to disrupt the normal business operations of Huawei and its partners, the Chinese company said.

He said that Oliveira proceeded to give a false narrative to the media in an attempt to tarnish Huawei's reputation. He made more efforts to pressure Huawei through senior government officials, trying to make the company yield to its demands and deliver large sums of money. money.

The United States is pressuring the allies, with mixed success, to reject the Chinese 5G technology , especially from the giant mobile phone company Huawei.

Washington fears that Huawei will give Beijing a way to spy on communications from countries that use its products and services.

Huawei admitted to having met with Oliveira in 2014, but insisted that its EnVizion 360 camera was independently designed and developed by Huawei employees who do not have access to Mr. Oliveira's information.

Last month, the US Department of Commerce. UU. It effectively suspended for the second time the strict rules that prevent the sale of components and services to the Chinese telecommunications titan and the prohibition of buying equipment.

However, he also said he would add 46 more companies to his list of subsidiaries and affiliates of Huawei that would be covered by the ban if fully implemented, bringing the total list to more than 100.

In December, Canada arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on a US order.