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Ericsson sues Samsung for patent infringement
Authored by: rsteinmetz70112 on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 10:07 AM EST
It sounds like Samsung wanted to renew on better terms and Ericsson wasn't
willing to drop their price.



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FRAND related?
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 11:03 AM EST
Could this be another battle in the FRAND war, that has one side trying to
define 'fair' to their advantage and using the courts as a blunt weapon.

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Ericsson sues Samsung for patent infringement
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 12:57 PM EST
This is Ericsson. Sony-Ericsson was a joint venture which
has been terminated for a while now. I don't even think
Ericsson makes Mobiles anymore.

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Ericsson sues Samsung for patent infringement
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 01:21 PM EST
Sony-Ericsson is no more. Ericsson sold its share back to Sony at the beginning
of this year.

Ericsson itself doesn't do any phones. Even their phone chipset development is
on the way out. Moved in 2009 into a joint-venture with ST Microelectronics,
called ST-Ericsson.

All Ericsson does is big fat telco infrastructure. Everything on the other end
of your mobile phone, the part you don't see.

Traditionally, Ericsson's patent portfolio was week. They had to pay a bit more
for licenses than they owned, and weren't too keen on doing their own patents.
Until they met one of the first bullies in the telco business - Qualcomm. That
was at the end of the 90th, long before the current smartphone wars. Qualcomm
broke the gentlemen's agreement in the telco industry to not go on each other's
nerves. And Ericsson had to pay dearly for that broken gentlemen's agreement.

This changed Ericsson's mind. They build their fascinating patent portfolio not
the least to never be in that situation again.

Now Samsung. They ain't no small player either. And, they are making a move from
manufacturing mobile phones into becoming a telco infrastructure manufacturer.
Samsung announced plans to not only become such a manufacturer, but to become
one of the largest. They are stepping on Ericsson's turf with that move. That
might be a good reason for Ericsson to ask for more money. They can afford to be
nice to a phone maker, they can't afford to be nice to direct competition.

Samsung has a bunch of own patents, too. Surely their lawyers are digging
through them right now to find some that Ericsson might violate. I think we will
see Samsung's next move will be a classic, a counter-suit.

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