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Samsung turns on Ericsson in patent row

Countersues the Swedish firm
Wed Mar 20 2013, 16:30
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KOREAN HARDWARE MAKER Samsung turned on rival Ericsson on Wednesday, revealing its intentions to countersue the Swedish firm.

Ericsson, if you're unaware, has already sued Samsung. It claimed that the Galaxy S4 maker infringes its patents relating to "essential to several telecommunications and networking standards," after the two firms failed to negotiate a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing agreement back in November.

It doesn't look like that will happen any time soon either, as Samsung announced today that it plans to countersue Ericsson. The latest twist sees Samsung claiming that Ericsson, in fact, infringes its patents.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung is accusing Ericsson of infringing 20 of its patents relating to wireless standards and device functions. Samsung is seeking a permanent injunction on devices that are found to infringe its patent portfolio.

Samsung said in its filing, "Over the course of two years of negotiations between the parties, Ericsson has engaged in a pervasive and pernicious pattern of refusing to grant licenses to Samsung on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms."

Ericsson, though, said it is confident that it will come out of its legal battle with Samsung victorious. "We anticipate that the court will resolve the claims in our favor and we hope that this will lead to a cross-license agreement on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms," it said in a statement on Wednesday.

If Ericsson is victorious, Samsung is unlikely to suffer too much as 67 percent of the firm's telecoms profits reportedly come from mobile phone sales. µ


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