Now Ericsson seeks US ban on Samsung Galaxy devices in patent spat

Ericsson is turning up the heat another notch on world's biggest smartphone seller with a plea to the ITC.

Ericsson has asked the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban dozens of Samsung's popular smartphones, tablets and televisions for alleged patent infringement.

The Swedish telecoms equipment maker filed the ITC complaint last Friday, in a move that could spell trouble for other Android device makers and mark the beginning of a fresh series of court battles across the globe.

Products in Ericsson’s sights include, amongst others, Samsung's Galaxy S III and SII, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Note 10.1 as well as a long list of Samsung televisions and media players, according to the Foss Patents blog.

The complaint covers "wireless communication devices, tablet computers, media players, and televisions, and components thereof" and notes that Samsung's main rival Apple had already licensed the 11 patents in question.   

The 11 patents concern radio frequency receiver technology, hardware and software design of wireless communication devices and standardised communications protocols, such as GSM, GPRS, EDGE, W-CDMA, LTE and 802.11 Wi-Fi standards. 

The ITC complaint turns up the heat on Samsung: Ericsson filed suit against the company in Texas last week , accusing Samsung of being unwilling to agree to Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) terms for 24 patents. Ericsson has licensed some of the technologies to Samsung since 2001, but the pair have failed to agree to new terms after the licensing agreement lapsed.

In response to Ericsson's litigation in Texas, Samsung claimed Ericsson's FRAND royalty demands were "excessive". Ericsson has previously said that over 100 industry players had agreed to its terms.


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