In this Feb. 22, 2016, file photo, a waterproof Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge mobile phone is submersed in water during a preview of Samsung's flagship store, Samsung 837, in New York's Meatpacking District. (AP/Richard Drew)
Samsung Electronics Co. has sued Chinese smartphone maker Huawei for allegedly violating six of its patents.
The South Korean company said on Friday that it chose to take legal action to defend its intellectual property despite trying to resolve the dispute amicably.
Samsung would not say where the lawsuits were filed. South Korea's Yonhap News said Samsung sued Huawei in Beijing for infringing on patents for smartphones worth 80.05 million yuan ($12 million).
Huawei filed lawsuits against Samsung in May in the United States and China, accusing the South Korean company of violating 12 patents for mobile devices and networks.
Samsung and Huawei are two of the largest makers of smartphones based on Google's Android system. Samsung is the world's largest smartphone supplier and Huawei is the third after Apple.
(Read also: Huawei edges close to Apple, Samsung)
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