Feeds

ZTE and Ericsson go to war over patents

I'll action you in a minute

Best practices for enterprise data

Ericsson and ZTE are hurling suits at each other in a full-on war over patents.

Last week Ericsson launched actions across Europe against ZTE, claiming breach of Ericsson patents. ZTE has responded in kind, with patent claims of its own in China.

Ericsson filed in the UK, Italy and Germany, claiming that handsets manufactured by the China-based ZTE, and on sale in Europe, breach Ericsson patents. ZTE's filing is in China, and claims that Ericsson networking kit is infringing its own patents on GSM and LTE technologies, though it refused to provide any details.

ZTE's intellectual property director did tell Dow Jones that Ericsson was infringing less than ten patents held by the company, but declined to say in which court the filing had been made or which patents were being infringed. Once those details emerge we'll know more, though probably not much more given the addition of a formidable language barrier to the already impenetrable legalese of patent filings.

Ericsson holds a decent patent portfolio, having been a major player in the evolution of mobile telephony standards, and remains one of the largest suppliers of networking infrastructure. ZTE is generally perceived as a manufacturer of cut price handsets, but claims to have 30,000 R&D staff around the world, and owns seven per cent of the key patents covering LTE (4G) technology. So we're only in the opening salvos of what will likely become a major battle. ®

Recommendations for simplifying OS migration

More from The Register

next story
Trying to sell your house? It'd better have KILLER mobile coverage
More NB than transport links to next-gen buyers - study
iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple
BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
They can take our lives, but they'll never take our SPECTRUM
NBN Co adds apartments to FTTP rollout
Commercial trial locations to go live in September
Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?
Russian launch for Sammy's non-droid knocked back
Speak your brains on SIGNAL-FREE mobile comms
Readers chat to the pair who flog the tech
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?