• Sweden edition
 

Sweden's Ericsson sued for patent infringement

Published: 12 Apr 2011 07:31 GMT+02:00
Updated: 12 Apr 2011 07:31 GMT+02:00

ZTE launched legal action on Monday against Ericsson (China) Communications

Co. Ltd for allegedly breaching its Chinese patents on a range of products involving "core networks, GSM infrastructure and 4G infrastructure".

"ZTE has asked that Ericsson discontinue any act of infringement and bear legal liability in accordance with the provision of relevant laws," ZTE said in a statement.

"ZTE is fully committed to developing its own patent technology and respects reasonable patent requests from other vendors."

Ericsson has filed three lawsuits in Europe against ZTE for infringing the Swedish company's patents on mobile phones and infrastructure, an Ericsson spokesperson said earlier this month.

ZTE and Chinese rival Huawei have in recent years been pushing into overseas markets, eating into the market share of leading Western companies.

Ericsson, headquartered in Stockholm, has some 17,848 employees in Sweden and 90,000 worldwide.

It is the market leader in mobile network equipment ahead of Finnish-German giant Nokia Siemens, French-based telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent and China's Huawei.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

09:27 April 12, 2011 by karex
This is somewhat confusing: they are suing each other for the same thing? Isn't it just a simple matter of presenting the patent?
09:41 April 12, 2011 by jomamas
This has to be a joke.

China has absolutely no regard for IP, they steal all day long, in plain sight, with the help of the government.

Many western countries that do business in China are forced to give up their IP and know-how for access to markets - only to then be put out of business by a government backed entity.

It's happening right in front of our faces, and Western governments are too cowardly do do anything.

What do you call a person who has something taken from him, and then the thief sues the victim for some reason? A Swede.
11:03 April 12, 2011 by Atlas
@karex...It's a tactical method from companies to counter sue, since this kind of litigations go for years before any monetary damage will be awarded. It's just a way to stall judgment for as long as possible. Just an example, Intel vs. AMD , the case was closed i think some years ago, but it started in the 80s, more than a decade of litigations and only the lawyers on both sides were the winners, they got paid :)...It's a nasty business litigations, but that's how it works, you just stall your opponent(s)...

@jomamas...absolutely agree with you...IP rights are rarely enforced in China...Cisco was asked for example to provide the chinese goverment some years ago with access to their IPs related to firewalls and network gears...so they can verify the functionality...and of course Cisco said No...

Some yrs ago at Frankfurt Autoshow there were some chinese made luxury cars that looked identical to some Mercedes and BMW ones i think...They got banned in EU for the rest of their life after the german automakers complained.

As for Ericsson vs. ZTE, i side with Ericsson.
12:12 April 12, 2011 by China Prevail
@karex: This is purely political. Ericsson AB is trying to stop ZTE get into European Market while what ZTE did now is typical way of counter reaction.

@jomamas: your comments only reflect how ignorant and arrogant you are. Sweden is going down because there are too many pathetic guys like you. Luckily Ericsson is now treating Huawei and ZTE more and more seriously.

@Atlas: you support means nothing to this world. You are just one of the "small people" (quote from former Ericsson CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg), or maybe even lower than that, LOL
12:14 April 12, 2011 by apelsin000
@jomamas, @Atlas

You could just name the patents involved in this case, couldn't you? blablabla... doesn't boost your weak and biased arguments.
12:38 April 12, 2011 by xavidx
Thats what comments are all about. To give your biased opinion.

My biased opinion is to reform the patent and copywrite laws. The current ones suck.

so there
14:51 April 12, 2011 by Lostaussie
Companies do things like this to get cross licensing agreements, market access etc...nothing much will happen here.
17:16 April 12, 2011 by swedejane
A chinese company suing over patent infringement...that's rich. As if they actually develop anything innovative. So much easier to steal, copy, and mass produce inferior knockoffs (hejsan volvo!).
19:05 April 12, 2011 by Atlas
@China Prevail: it was just a personal opinion, that i know for sure won't matter at all. And just because it doesn't matter, doesn't mean i can't give my personal thoughts...

@apelsin000: Of course it is biased, i haven't seen the specific patents in question or at least some part of it. If you can find them, let me know, so i can give you an unbiased opinion if you want. Until then, i will state my preference as i see fit to my best judgment.

And btw, patents relate to GSM and WCDMA technology...
09:43 April 13, 2011 by aaww
@karex

that's a good idea, however in real world, telecom patents are so complicated that it is very hard for any normal third party to make a fair judgement.

thus the only way is to sue each other, and in most cases sign a reconciliation agreement.
10:01 April 13, 2011 by aaww
@China Prevail

you don't know what you are talking about.

Ericsson does not care that much about ZTE getting into the European market. if that is the case, E/// should have probably sued Huawei instead, for the reason that HW has far more market share than ZTE does in Europe.

the real thing is if ZTE wants to play fair in this market, they should follow the rules here, by giving complimentary network system equipments to operators and kick out competitor equipments isn't the right way to do, and will eventually make not only E/// extremely unhappy, Chinese Huawei will not be as enjoyable either
13:05 April 14, 2011 by China Prevail
@aaww: I am speechless as I am not expecting so many naive people here. ZTE has been making GSM and WCDMA equipments for many years, it is NOT a new vendor into the market. Why did Ericsson not sue ZTE many years ago when it is more easy for Ericsson to win the case?
Today's headlines
Motorists in sticky drama after jam spill

Motorists in sticky drama after jam spill

Drivers in western Sweden were forced to jam on the brakes after a van shed its load of preserves and juices which led to major traffic problems. READ  

Property of the Week
In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week

Why settle for owning a house when you can own part of the island it is located on? This week's property allows you to get your money's worth of solitude while spending some time with your closest neighbour - the sea. READ  

Saab buys Swedish submarine shipyard
File photo: TT

Saab buys Swedish submarine shipyard

Swedish defence and aeronautics group Saab said Tuesday it had completed the acquisition of German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp's submarine shipyard in southern Sweden. READ  

Opinion
'The Danish narrative on Sweden is based on a lie'
File photo: Shutterstock

'The Danish narrative on Sweden is based on a lie'

There is a popular narrative that in Sweden people bite their tongues while in Denmark they speak their minds; political commentator Brian Esbensen debunks this, arguing that Danes simply find it easier to criticize others. READ  

Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'

Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'

After reports that wandering elks were scaring the public, police on the island of Frösön have decided not to open fire on the animals, but have urged locals to exercise caution instead. READ  

Swedish funds to tackle female genital mutilation
Sweden's Minister of International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström with Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. File photo: TT

Swedish funds to tackle female genital mutilation

Sweden has earmarked 48 million kronor ($7 million) of its development aid budget to a United Nations programme to tackle female genital mutilation. READ  

Swedish leaders speak out on Gaza crisis
Photo: TT

Swedish leaders speak out on Gaza crisis

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt believes Israel is interested in negotiating a ceasefire with Hamas while Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven has stood by his comment about the Israelis having a right to defend itself. READ  

New alcohol retail rules threaten micro-breweries
File photo: Systembolaget

New alcohol retail rules threaten micro-breweries

Swedish micro-breweries have reacted with concern to new distribution regulations being imposed by the state controlled alcohol monopoly Systembolaget, which they fear may put them out of business. READ  

ABB and Volvo in electric buses tie-up
Volvo hybrid bus. Photo: Volvo Buses

ABB and Volvo in electric buses tie-up

Swiss-Swedish engineering group ABB and Volvo Buses of Sweden have announced a joint project to develop a system for electric buses to recharge their batteries fast when at bus stops. READ  

'First ever' heat warning issued for Sweden
Photo: TT

'First ever' heat warning issued for Sweden

Swedish weather agency SMHI has issued its first ever warning for high temperatures with the many areas set to bask in plus 30C heat. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
People-watching Båstad
Business & Money
Sweden falls to third in global innovation index
Society
Swedish ornithologists keep webcam watch
Photo: Andreas Nordström/Image Bank Sweden
Gallery
Top ten Swedish beach hot spots
Tech
Swedish Wiki vet sets new content record
Blog updates

22 July

PROTECTING GIRLS FROM ABUSE OF THEIR RIGHTS (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"Today (22 July) my Prime Minister, David Cameron, and UNICEF, are hosting the world’s first #GirlSummit in London. The Summit’s aim is to mobilise domestic and international efforts to end the appalling practices of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Early Forced Marriage (CEFM). This is a high priority for the UK government and the Prime..." READ »

 

18 July

Starting over (Around Sweden in a kayak) »

" I’ve now been off the water for almost 14 days. At first I was totally gutted being forced into a rest period, I had Stockholm in my sights and apart from the pain and discomfort in my shoulder, spirits were high and I was starting to gain some momentum. The news hit me fairly hard and..." READ »

 
 
 
Photo: Fastighetsbyrån
Lifestyle
In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
Photo: Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching July 15-16
Photo: Ola Ericson/Image Bank Sweden
Society
What's On in Sweden
Photo: Lisa Mikulski
National
Hope springs eternal for expat pet shop owner
Gallery
Princess Estelle steals limelight at mum's birthday
National
Swedes risk infants' lives by covering up prams
National
Swede runs for office just using Bitcoin funds
Gallery
People-watching July 11-13
National
Malmö mayor slams Danish beggar ban
National
Swedish anti-abortion midwife sues county
National
Swede's salary chopped for Facebook use
National
Northern Sweden warmest in 90 years
Gallery
'Victoria Day': Crown Princess Victoria turns 37
Politics
Mona Sahlin to fight extremism in Sweden
National
EU tells Sweden to cover up snus flavours
Society
Swede snags assassin role in Tom Cruise film
Lifestyle
Top ten ways to spend a few days in Malmö
Gallery
Swedish summer tourism highlights
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

691
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se