Ericsson says ready to take legal steps to protect its IPR

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NEW DELHI: Swedish telecom gearmaker Ericsson won’t hesitate to take strong legal steps to enforce its rights to protect intellectual properties in the country if resolution talks fail, a top official said, a few months after reaching a global patent licence deal with Indian handset maker Micromax. “It (resolving patent issues) is important for the whole industry.

We try to resolve this by negotiation. That is our preferred way, but we are always ready to enforce our rights on matters necessary,” Gustav Brismark, head of IPR and licensing at Ericsson, told ET. The gear vendor has been involved in several legal cases around intellectual property rights (IPR) infringement related to standard essential patents (SEPs) across the globe, including in India, against many smartphone manufacturing companies, claiming patent rights over some of the components which are part of their devices.

In India, the legal war over SEPs started with a complaint filed by Ericsson in 2011against the import of handsets by Kingtech Electronics (India), followed by suits against Micromax, Lava, Intex, and also Chinese brands such as Gionee and Xiaomi.

In January, Micromax ended a five-year legal battle with Ericsson by taking a global patent licence from Ericsson, under which it will pay royalties to the Swedish telecom gearmaker on every phone it sells in India and overseas that uses 2G or 3G technology. “We have recently settled one of the cases with Micromax. So, we feel it is a important step forward. We are optimistic we will solve this in a good manner,” Brismark said.

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