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Ericsson sues Wiko for patent infringement

Ericsson sues Wiko for infringement of patents essential for 2G, 3G and 4G cellular technology

Ericsson sues Wiko for patent infringement
Ericsson claims that Wiko has been infringing its intellectual property rights for six years.

Ericsson has today released a statement that it had sued French smartphone maker Wiko over patent infringement.

In the regional courts of Düsseldorf and Mannheim in Germany, Ericsson stated that Wiko has been infringing Ericsson's patents linked to 2G, 3G and 4G cellular technology, as well as implementation patents.

Ericsson claims that Wiko has been infringing its intellectual property rights for six years without any license or compensation. However Ericsson has been unable to reach a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAUD) license agreement with Wiko since May 2013 and as a ‘last resort' it has taken the matter to court.

Gustav Brismark, chief Intellectual Property officer at Ericsson, said: "Global sharing of technology and open standards are the force behind the smartphone revolution and have allowed new entrants, such as Wiko, to quickly build successful businesses. This ICT eco-system only works, however, if all market players respect the basic rules of FRAND licensing. It is unfair for Wiko to benefit from our substantial R&D investment without paying a reasonable license fee for our patented technology.

"Our ambition has always been to reach a mutually fair and reasonable license agreement with Wiko, just as we do with all of our licensees."

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