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Ericsson sues UK mobile company

Ericsson announced on Wednesday it has sued the UK-based mobile phone company Sendo for patent infringement in several countries.

The Swedish telecommunications giant alleges that Sendo’s mobile phone products infringe certain Ericsson patents covering GSM and GPRS technologies.

Ericsson is reportedly seeking an injunction against the continued sale and marketing of Sendo’s mobile phone products, as well as financial compensations for damages.

“We believe that Sendo is using Ericsson-patented technology, but they have so far not signed a license agreement with Ericsson, ” said Kasim Alfalahi, Director of Licensing, at Ericsson.

“Under these circumstances we have no choice but to take Sendo to court.”

Ericsson claims it is committed to making its technology available to all in the industry who desire to use it on fair and reasonable terms through licensing.

Most of the world’s manufacturers of GSM/GPRS mobile phones have already joined the Ericsson patent licensing program, it said.

“Basically, all we ask is that companies which use technology invented by Ericsson compensate us for this, the same way we are prepared to compensate others for our use of their technology,” Alfalahi said.

SWEDEN AND UKRAINE

Ericsson suspends all Russia operations indefinitely

Swedish network equipment maker Ericsson said Monday that it was suspending all of its Russian operations over the war in Ukraine for the foreseeable future.

Ericsson suspends all Russia operations indefinitely

The telecom giant already announced in late February that it would stop all deliveries to Russia following Moscow’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

“In the light of recent events and of European Union sanctions, the company will now suspend its affected business with customers in Russia indefinitely,” Ericsson said in a statement.

The company added that it was “engaging with customers and partners regarding the indefinite suspension of the affected business.”

“The priority is to focus on the safety and well-being of Ericsson employees in Russia and they will be placed on paid leave,” it said.

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Hundreds of Western firms ranging from Ikea to Coca-Cola, Goldman Sachs and McDonald’s have stopped operations in the country since the invasion, with French banking group Societe Generale announcing Monday it was selling its stake in Russia’s Rosbank.

Ericsson has around 600 employees in Russia, and is a “major supplier to the largest operator MTS and the fourth largest operator Tele2,” a company spokeswoman told AFP, adding that together with Ukraine, Russia accounts for less than two percent of revenue.

As a result, the equipment maker said it would record a provision for 900 million Swedish kronor ($95 million, 87 million euros) for the first quarter of 2022 for “impairment of assets and other exceptional costs,” though no staff redundancy costs were included.
Ericsson is due to publish its first quarter earnings on April 14.

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