Samsung Requests Crack Down on Ericsson’s U.S. Sales

By Sonja Ryst, Financial Reporter

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (SEO:005930) has requested an investigation of Ericsson Inc. (ERIC)’s compliance with laws intended to combat unfair importing practices and enforce U.S. intellectual property rights at the country’s border, as the two wireless communications companies continue their patent battles.

The Korean consumer electronics maker filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against the Swedish networking equipment firm on Friday.

Ericsson had made a similar move against Samsung in November regarding electronic devices including tablets and media players. Ericsson said that month that it had not been able to reach a license agreement with Samsung after two years of negotiations.

“Ericsson is committed to licensing its standard-essential patents on Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) terms for the benefit of the industry,” the company said in its November statement. “It believes that FRAND licensing strikes the appropriate balance between incentivizing companies to contribute technology to open standards and maintaining the overall royalty rates at a reasonable level to allow new entrants access to the market.”

Ericsson and Samsung did not respond to requests for comment within press time.

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