Ericsson sues Samsung in US for patent infringement
STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson said on Tuesday that it was suing rival Samsung in a US court for violating patents, after two years of unsuccessful negotiations.
The Swedish group said it had failed to reach an agreement with Samsung on the renewal of an expired licence that would have allowed the South Korean group to use its patented technology.
The Stockholm-based company said it had concluded that there was "no option other than legal action after negotiations have not been successful."
The dispute concerned both technology that is "essential to several telecommunications and networking standards used by Samsung's products" as well as other Ericsson inventions that are frequently used in wireless and consumer electronics products, it said.