The complaint was filed by Samsung after Ericsson also filed an ITC US import ban on several Samsung products for allegedly violating patent law. The South Korean company, who was recently named as the top mobile phone maker, likewise accused the Swedish telecom equipment maker of breaching seven of Samsung’s patents.
In a statement, Samsung Electronics said: “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. The accused Ericsson products include telecommunications networking equipment, such as base stations.”
Ericsson took a big hit this year as their network unit sales dropped to 17 percent in the third quarter. Analysts believe that Ericsson is turning to courts to maintain their patent income amidst the growing challenge from companies like Samsung, who are still considered as small player in the network equipment market but are slowly building their own telecommunications infrastructure business.
Foss Patents noted: “While the two companies are no longer competing in the wireless gadgets market, Samsung is now also building a telecommunications infrastructure business. Samsung’s foray into Ericsson’s market is much less talked about than its Galaxy phones and tablets, but it’s starting to show results.”
“For example, in August 2012, Samsung announced an LTE infrastructure deal with a UK carrier named Three, which it described as its “first commercial mobile network roll-out in Europe”, Ericsson’s home continent. I’m sure that at this point no one in the industry would underestimate Samsung’s ability to become a significant player, if not the leader, in a new segment of the overall market for telecommunications hardware. This certainly adds a more strategic dimension to the Ericsson-Samsung dispute.”
Samsung Electronics have been also locked in patent cases in more than ten countries against Apple.