China’s Huawei on Tuesday September 3rd said a Wall Street Journal report on it copying a Portuguese inventor’s technology is false and accused the inventor of "taking advantage of the current geopolitical situation", AFP reported.
The claim is being investigated by the US Department of Justice, which is also probing other spying allegations against Huawei.
Portuguese inventor Rui Pedro Oliveira says Huawei copied his technology, after meeting with him, to make the Huawei EnVizion 360 panoramic camera.
"These allegations are false," Huawei said in a statement in which it "categorically rejects Mr. Oliveira's claims of patent infringement".
"For the past several months, the US government has been leveraging its political and diplomatic influence to lobby other governments to ban Huawei equipment. Furthermore, it has been using every tool at its disposal – including both judicial and administrative powers, as well as a host of other unscrupulous means – to disrupt the normal business operations of Huawei and its partners," the Chinese company said.
It said, "Oliveira proceeded to feed a false narrative to the media in an attempt to tarnish Huawei's reputation. He made further efforts to exert pressure on Huawei through senior government officials, trying to make the company cede to his demands and hand over large sums of money."
The world’s number 1 superfast 5G equipment manufacturer is bearing the brunt of the Sino-American trade war that produced mutually biting tariffs.
The United States, fearing Huawei is giving the Chinese intelligence a backdoor to foreign nations, is trying to get its allies to stay away from China’s 5G technology.