Ericsson takes action for fair and reasonable patent licensing

Ericsson announced in a press release on 27 November, 2012, its filing of a patent infringement action against Samsung after Samsung refused to sign a license agreement on FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) terms. Samsung had previously licensed Ericsson's patents in 2001 and renewed the license agreement in 2007, but that license agreement has now expired. Ericsson says, it believes it must take action to support a crucial system for technology sharing that has helped create today’s mass market communications industry, and has accordingly filed a lawsuit in the United States against Samsung for infringing its patents, after nearly two years of negotiations failed to reach an agreement.
The complaint has been submitted to the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, USA, which is the district where Ericsson's US headquarters are located.
"Ericsson has over 30,000 patents and more than 100 license agreements with all major players in the industry. Ericsson has tried long and hard to amicably come to an agreement with Samsung and to sign a license agreement on FRAND terms. We have turned to litigation as a last resort," says Kasim Alfalahi, Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Ericsson.
The dispute concerns both Ericsson’s patented technology that is essential to several telecommunications and networking standards used by Samsung’s products as well as other inventions patented by Ericsson which are frequently implemented in wireless and consumer electronics products.

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Source: Ericsson New Center, 27 November, 2012

// Johanna Wendel Lektenius