Samsung faces off against Ericsson in fresh patent row

by Andrew Roach on December 28, 2012

Samsung has found themselves in yet another legal battle as the Korean electronics giant is accusing Ericsson of infringing several patent rights in their latest products.

Samsung are claiming that the Swedish firm has broken 7 different patents within their products and are now seeking an injunction which would stop the sales and imports of any Ericsson device which contains the disputed technology.

This latest accusation counters the same allegations made by Ericsson back in November who believe that Samsung illegally breached some of their patents and filed their own claim to ban the sale of Samsung products.

These accusations between the two firms marks a meltdown of what had been a fairly strong relationship in the past. Over the last few years, the two companies had a deal which allowed Samsung to use numerous patents owned by Ericsson.

However, after roughly 2 years of trying to strike a new deal, neither side could reach an agreement about who could use what and it is now set to go to the courts and turn into yet another lengthy and technical court case.

Samsung has publicly defended their actions and reasoning in their dispute against Ericsson. In a public statement, they said that “we have sought to negotiate with Ericsson in good faith. However, Ericsson has proven unwilling to continue such negotiations by making unreasonable claims, which it is now trying to enforce in court”.

“Under such circumstances, we have no choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our company,” they added.

Whilst Ericsson have struggled financially over the last couple of years, the Swedish firm still owns thousands of patents in the mobile world meaning that the firm has been able to recoup some of their losses though multiple patent settlements and agreements.

Meanwhile, Samsung has found themselves very much at the centre of the patent wars which has been rocking the technology world in recent months. Before the accusations with Ericsson, the Korean firm has been at loggerheads in multiple battles against Apple as the two continue to battle for dominance in all areas of the mobile market.

Either way, it seems that there is no end in sight for the patent wars as Samsung and Ericsson get ready to battle well into 2013.

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