Samsung seeks US sales ban on Ericsson kit

South Korean countersuit latest backhand in mobile industry’s patent tennis tournament

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Samsung seeks US sales ban on Ericsson kit Samsung’s action was in response Ericsson’s pursuit of a ban on the South Korean firm’s products. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  December 26, 2012

Samsung Electronics announced today it had taken legal action on Friday to seek US sales injunctions on several Ericsson products, claiming the Swedish firm had violated seven Samsung-held patents, Reuters reported.

The action, filed with the US International Trade Commission (ITC), is the latest in a series of suit-countersuit moves employed within the Samsung-dominated smartphone industry, as it follows Ericsson's pursuit of an ITC US import ban on Samsung products on the grounds of patent infringement by the South Korean firm.

"We have sought to negotiate with Ericsson in good faith. However, Ericsson has proven unwilling to continue such negotiations by making unreasonable claims, which it is now trying to enforce in court," Samsung Electronics said.

"The accused Ericsson products include telecommunications networking equipment, such as base stations."

Ericsson faces a mounting challenge from Samsung in the global network market, in which the South Korean company is a relatively minor player. The Swede's network unit revenue was down 17% in the third quarter, prompting a lean towards protecting its income from patents as the mobile segment continues its boom.

"I'm sure that at this point, no one in the industry would underestimate Samsung's ability to become a significant player, if not the leader, in a new segment of the overall market for telecommunications hardware," patent expert Florian Mueller said in a blog posting on Monday.

"This certainly adds a more strategic dimension to the Ericsson-Samsung dispute."

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