With a damning report from the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence creating global headlines, Huawei Technologies's damage limitation team will be very focused on the here and now. (See U.S. vs Huawei/ZTE: The Verdict.
But being in the spotlight means past skirmishes can also be revived to pile on the pressure.
The Chinese vendor has had its fair share of scrapes but the most notorious is the intellectual property run-in with Cisco Systems in 2003-2004, an incident still regularly cited by telecom industry executives when Huawei's development as a company is discussed. (See Cisco Drops Huawei Suit and Cisco/Huawei Lawsuit on Hold.)
Now that case is back in play following a public statement by Charles Ding, Huawei's senior VP and chief representative in the U.S., that spawned a blog post by Mark Chandler, senior VP, general counsel, and secretary of Cisco.