Huawei’s filing of lawsuits against Samsung Electronics in China and the United States this week – accusing the Korean giant of infringing several of its standard-essential patents (SEPs) relating to 4G and LTE technologies – perhaps shows us that the ‘smartphone wars’ are not quite done just yet. But one of the most intriguing aspects of this latest battlefront is what it may tell us about the extent and sophistication of the Chinese company’s licensing activities.

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