Ericsson, Samsung settle patent dispute

May 7, 2021
New agreement between the companies includes global patent cross license of cellular technologies, including 5G.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Samsung announced that they have reached a multi-year agreement on global patent licenses between the two companies, including patents relating to all cellular technologies. The cross-license agreement covers sales of network infrastructure and handsets from January 1, 2021.

Notably, the companies' statement added:

This settlement ends complaints filed by both companies before the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) as well as the ongoing lawsuits in several countries and confirms the value of the strong patent portfolios of both companies. The details of the agreement are confidential and will not be disclosed.

As part of the deal, Ericsson and Samsung said they have further agreed on technology cooperation projects "to advance the mobile industry in open standardization and create valuable solutions for consumers and enterprises."

The statement continued:

Ericsson's IPR licensing revenues continue to be affected by several factors, mainly expired patent license agreements pending renewal, geopolitical impact on the handset market, technology shift from 4G to 5G, and possible currency effects going forward. In the second quarter 2021, IPR licensing revenues, including the new agreement covering sales from January 1, 2021, are expected to be SEK 2.0 b to 2.5 b [...]The value of Ericsson's IP portfolio extends to more than 57,000 granted patents and is strengthened by annual investment in R&D of approx. SEK 40 b. With a leading global position in 5G, the company is confident of growing its IPR revenues long term, thereby further maximizing the value of the overall patent portfolio.

Ericsson notes its has, over several decades, made significant investments in R&D and in developing global mobile standards, and is committed to licensing its standard-essential patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms for the benefit of consumers and enterprises everywhere. The FRAND system allows access to technology and intellectual property, developed by inventors like Ericsson, and also rewards those inventors for their major up-front investment in R&D in each mobile generation.

Christina Petersson, chief intellectual property officer at Ericsson, commented: "We are delighted to sign a mutually beneficial agreement with Samsung. This important deal confirms the value of our patent portfolio and further illustrates Ericsson's commitment to FRAND principles."

Learn more at www.ericsson.com

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