In August 2020, Russian engineer Alexandr Zemskov filed a lawsuit against the Russian subsidiaries of Samsung, Apple, and Huawei to recover compensation for infringement of exclusive rights to his patented invention “Method and system for locating an object on the territory”.

The method described in the patent makes it possible to determine the location of the device due to the data on its electromagnetic radiation from the nearest cellular base station.

According to the plaintiff, Apple, Samsung, and Huawei violated his exclusive rights by importing smartphones into Russia and offering them for sale, during the functioning of which the location is automatically determined in the described way. This technology, according to the engineer, is possessed by the iPhone XR, Samsung Galaxy A50, and Honor 7A.

In December 2020, the court suspended the case pending an examination of the Honor smartphone models. According to his findings, each feature of the invention described in Zemskov’s patent is used in these models. In April 2021, the court resumed consideration of the claim.

At the same time, at the request of Apple and Samsung, the consideration of the claim against them was severed into separate cases.

The patent for “Method and system for determining the location of an object on the territory” was registered in 2008. And the inventor did not expand the rights of his patent to other countries due to the high cost of registration procedures.

The plaintiff demands from Apple, Samsung, and Huawei to pay him 30 thousand rubles (10 thousand ($135) for each case of violations found in the smartphones he purchased). At the same time, the plaintiff asked the Federal Customs Service for information on the number of smartphones imported by the three companies into Russia, and after receiving this data, he may increase the amount of claims.