Samsung retaliates with an official request of sales and import ban with the International Trade Commission (ITC), continuing the ongoing Ericsson-Samsung legal battle.
The Ericsson-Samsung dispute gains more momentum as Samsung retaliates in the ensuing legal altercation, returning fire against Ericsson's alleged accusations of Samsung's patent infringements.
The South Korean telecom giant Samsung has retaliated against the Swedish Ericsson with a request to the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban sales and imports of certain Ericsson products in the United States.
Samsung has accused Ericsson of violating and breaching seven of its patents, prompting Samsung to take legal action against the Swedish telecom company.
"We have sought to negotiate with Ericsson in good faith. However, Ericsson has proven unwilling to continue such negotiations by making unreasonable claims, which it is now trying to enforce in court," Samsung Electronics said in a statement.
"The accused Ericsson products include telecommunications networking equipment, such as base stations," Samsung said.
A ban on even just a few products in the U.S. could harm Ericsson quite a bit, and considering Samsung's size and power within the ever-growing mobile market, it will be interesting to see which company the ITC finds at fault for these disputes.
Ericsson may in fact be trying to make up for its recent loss in sales (which fell 17% in the third quarter) with patent income gleaned from the courts in this legal dispute–something that many major companies are resorting to.
Samsung is also currently gridlocked into many legal battles with Apple, and this dispute seems to only add more fuel to the fire.
We'll be sure to keep you updated on the Ericsson-Samsung battle as new information becomes available.