• 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

Swedish mobile network giant Ericsson is the target of a writ from Chinese telecom equipment supplier ZTE, alleging patent infringement and escalating a legal dispute between the two rivals.

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

Dismemberment killer gets sentence cut

The 22-year-old man convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend in northern Sweden had his sentence reduced on Wednesday, in part due to his "peculiar personality". READ () »

School gas leak sends 25 to hospital

School gas leak sends 25 to hospital

An elementary school in southern Sweden was evacuated on Wednesday and dozens of pupils were taken to hospital after the smell of gas spread through the rooms. READ () »

Swedes vote for country's nicest cock
The Flymen Church weathercock in all its newly gilded glory. Photo: TT

Swedes vote for country's nicest cock

A Swedish churchwarden has reacted with joy upon finding out the parish has Sweden's nicest weathercock. READ () »

Greens push rich tax to finance schools
Per Bolund of The Greens. File photo: TT

Greens push rich tax to finance schools

Sweden's third largest party The Greens revealed its shadow budget on Wednesday, targeting schools and youth employment. High earners would have to pitch in more. READ () »

Holiday status updates 'not a burglary risk'
Ibiza, you say? File photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Holiday status updates 'not a burglary risk'

Mythbusting Swedish researchers have found no link between gushing about your upcoming holiday online and returning to an emptied house. They told The Local that a trip to Ikea could be much more dangerous. READ () »

Woman charged after accusing beggar of theft
The people in this picture are not those from the story. Photo: TT

Woman charged after accusing beggar of theft

A woman in Gothenburg who accused a beggar of robbing her has been charged with fraud and false accusations. READ () »

Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
Photo: Kungahuset

Swedish royals set baptism date for princess

Sweden's royal family has set the date for the baptism of Princess Leonore. READ () »

The Local List
Evidence Game of Thrones is set in Sweden

Evidence Game of Thrones is set in Sweden

With Swedish Game of Thrones fans frothing at the mouth at the season four premiere, The Local revisits its list of ten reasons why the hit books and show are (probably) based in Sweden. READ () »

'Baffling' Swedish raid on German sub makers
The Kockums Malmö shipyard and FMV headquarters. Files: TT

'Baffling' Swedish raid on German sub makers

After the Swedish military raided the Malmö premises of German defence giant Thyssen Krupp, a military expert tells The Local why recent Russian aggression means Sweden's Saab needs to take control of national submarine production. READ () »

Swedish kids crack adult content 'code' at school
A child, unrelated to the story, on her computer. File photo: TT

Swedish kids crack adult content 'code' at school

Swedish parents who busted their children looking at adult content online were shocked to find the kids saying 'they'd learned the code at school'. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
TT
Politics
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
Advertisement:
TT
Society
Aussie choir member wows Abba in Sweden
YouTube
Society
Stockholm magic a surprise YouTube hit
Fastighetsbyrån
Society
Gallery: The Local's Property of the Week
Private
Society
Swedes find 200-year-old gravestone in living room
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Deepti Vashisht
Features
Deepti Vashisht dissects the magic of Sweden's personal ID number
Shutterstock
Society
Ten signs you've been in Sweden too long
Society
Jimi Fritze heard every word when doctors discussed taking his organs
Society
A Swedish farmer explains why the new bestiality ban is 'pointless'
Society
'Blondes have more brains': Swedish study
TT
Society
VIDEO: Leaked 'Save Slussen' film goes viral
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching, March 28-30
ESL
Sponsored Article
Learning Swedish the easy way
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 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

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

737
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