Ericsson and ZTE settle patent dispute

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Cross-licensing deal brings to an end legal proceedings launched by Ericsson in April last year

ZTE and Ericsson have settled a patent dispute by signing a global cross-licensing deal.

In April, Ericsson launched action against ZTE in the UK, Italy and Germany, alleging that the firm’s products were infringing patents it held on GSM and 3G technology.

Ericsson said at the time that it had been trying to come to a licensing agreement with ZTE for a number of years.

The cross licensing deal will see ZTE pay royalties to Ericsson under a Fair, Reasonable and Non- Discriminatory (FRAND) agreement.

The deal covers all markets, including ZTE’s home market China.

Ericsson chief intellectual property officer Kasim Alfalahi (pictured) said: “Ericsson has the strongest patent portfolio in the industry with over 27,000 patents and any company which sells mobile devices or systems needs a license from Ericsson.

“We have signed more than 90 patent agreements with different vendors worldwide. Now we can add ZTE to this group.”

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