Sweden's Ericsson suing Chinese rival ZTE

April 2, 2011

(AP) -- Swedish wireless equipment maker LM Ericsson on Saturday said it is suing Chinese rival ZTE Corp. for alleged infringement of several of its patents in handset and network technology.

Fredrik Hallstan, a spokesman for the Stockholm-based group, said lawsuits were filed in Britain, Germany and Italy on Friday, after several attempts to get the Chinese telecom equipment maker to sign a licensing agreement had failed. "This has been going on for many years," Hallstan said, declining to give any details on the total sum demanded in the lawsuits or exactly how many patents are concerned. "This is a last resort."

The Italian and British lawsuits regard handset technology, while the one in covers both handset and patents.

"We want them to pay going forward, but we also want payment for past usage," he added.

Ericsson would not disclose how many patents it is accusing ZTE of infringing.

Ericsson is also asking the courts in the countries where the lawsuits have been filed to block ZTE from selling mobile phones that contain the alleged patented technology, as well as some network products.

Hallstan said this is the first time that has mounted a legal action against a Chinese rival for infringing its patents.

Explore further: Apple files 2nd countersuit against Creative

0 shares

Related Stories

Apple files 2nd countersuit against Creative

June 8, 2006

(AP) -- Apple Computer Inc. has filed a second countersuit against SIngapore-based Creative Technology Ltd., intensifying its legal battle against the smaller media player rival that sued the iPod maker for patent infringement ...

Motorola sues Apple for patent infringement

October 6, 2010

Motorola, just days after being targeted in a patent suit by Microsoft, filed complaints against Apple on Wednesday alleging that the iPhone, iPad and other products infringe its patents.

Recommended for you

Swiss unveil stratospheric solar plane

December 7, 2016

Just months after two Swiss pilots completed a historic round-the-world trip in a Sun-powered plane, another Swiss adventurer on Wednesday unveiled a solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere.

Solar panels repay their energy 'debt': study

December 6, 2016

The climate-friendly electricity generated by solar panels in the past 40 years has all but cancelled out the polluting energy used to produce them, a study said Tuesday.

Wall-jumping robot is most vertically agile ever built

December 6, 2016

Roboticists at UC Berkeley have designed a small robot that can leap into the air and then spring off a wall, or perform multiple vertical jumps in a row, resulting in the highest robotic vertical jumping agility ever recorded. ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.