As if Samsung didn’t have enough legal troubles already, it is now the turn of Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson to slam a patent infringement suit on the Korean phone maker.
Ericsson has filed a lawsuit against Samsung in the United States where it accuses the latter to have refused to sign a bunch of licensing agreements even after two years of negotiations. Ericsson issued a statement on its website which read:
“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 of Ericsson’s patented inventions that are frequently implemented in wireless and consumer electronics products. Ericsson has concluded that it has no option other than legal action after negotiations have not been successful since Samsung has refused to take a license on FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) terms.”
According to the chief intellectual property officer at Ericsson, Kasim Alfalahi, Ericsson is taking the legal route as a last resort and that the company had tried to settle the issue amicably with Samsung with no success.
The complaint was filed at the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Ericsson has also not clarified the amount they wish to seek from Samsung as damages. We are sure thought about the fact that it would definitely not be a small amount.
All this comes as Apple and Samsung have renewed their patent infringement battle and added new devices to the list of products that both companies claim infringe upon each others’ patents.