Samsung just can’t seem to catch a break. Not only is it being assaulted by lawsuits from Apple, but apparently Ericsson wants a piece of the action as well.
Ericsson, the world’s largest creator of wireless networking equipment, filed a lawsuit against Samsung at the U.S. Federal Court in Texas. They said that after two years of negotiating, Samsung failed to extend their licensing deal. Ericsson wanted Samsung to extend their licensing deal on FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) terms, but Samsung refused. Ericsson is also saying that Samsung is improperly using their technology for its mobile phones due to their previous agreement being expired.
Ericsson said to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas,
“These negotiations have been unsuccessful for the simple reason that Samsung refuses to pay the FRAND rate paid by its competitors for Ericsson’s standard-essential patents.”
Kasim Alfalahi, Ericsson’s chief intellectual property manager, stated,
“Ericsson has tried long and hard to amicably come to an agreement with Samsung and sign a license agreement on FRAND terms. We have turned to litigation as a last resort.”
Samsung however disagreed with Ericsson’s accusations. They said that Ericsson was asking for high licensing fees to renew the same patent portfolio,
“Samsung has faithfully committed itself to conducting fair and reasonable negotiations with Ericsson over the past two years, but Ericsson has demanded prohibitively higher royalty rates to renew the same patent portfolio,”
Samsung also released another statement saying,
“As we cannot accept such extreme demands, we will take all necessary legal measures to protect against Ericsson’s excessive claims.”
As if Samsung didn’t have its hands full already with Apple’s nonsense, now it has to put up with Ericsson. It looks like Samsung’s legal team is going to have to work some more overtime.