Ericsson-Samsung Patent Dispute Settled, ‘Multi-Year’ Agreement Reached

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Ericsson has reached a “multi-year” settlement on world patent licences with Samsung, the Swedish telecom gear maker stated on Friday, ending a dispute that hit its first-quarter income.

Ericsson stated it had not disclosed what number of years the deal, which incorporates patents for all mobile applied sciences, would final. It stated it now expects second-quarter patent licensing income to be CZK 2 billion ($237 million or roughly Rs. 690 crores) to CZK 2.5 billion.

The settlement, which ends ongoing lawsuits in a number of international locations, was accomplished in file time as patent disputes between know-how firms can typically take years to settle.

The present dispute began in December, whereas the final tussle between the 2 firms was in 2012 and took two years to resolve.

The cross-licence settlement covers gross sales of community infrastructure and handsets from Jan. 1, 2021, it stated in a press release. The businesses declined to reveal the phrases citing confidentiality.

Ericsson invests about CZK 40 billion yearly in analysis and has a portfolio of greater than 57,000 patents.

Its Nordic rival Nokia, which additionally has a considerable patent portfolio, settled a patent concern with Samsung earlier this 12 months.

Within the first quarter, Ericsson’s patent licensing income fell to CZK 0.eight billion from CZK 2.5 billion a 12 months earlier. Royalties from its patent portfolio account for roughly a 3rd of Ericsson’s working revenue.

Ericsson stated its patent income proceed to be affected by elements reminiscent of expired licence agreements pending renewal, geopolitical impacts on the handset market, a know-how shift from 4G to 5G, and doable forex results going ahead.

It nonetheless has an ongoing dispute with Dutch telecom firm KPN NV, which final month filed a patent-infringement criticism towards Ericsson in a district court docket in Texas.

© Thomson Reuters 2021


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