ZTE and Ericsson Bury Hatchet, Resolve Patent Suits
Ericsson and ZTE today announced that they have come to terms over patent litigation between them. The companies have both signed a global cross-licensing agreement and agreed to drop all litigation. ZTE has also signed a royalty-bearing license agreement to certain Ericsson patents. The patents in question concerned GSM and 3G/UMTS cellular technology. Companies in the telecommunications space often use litigation as a tool to forge such licensing agreements.
Apple and Ericsson Sign Patent Accord, Settle Lawsuits
Apple and Ericsson have signed a patent-licensing agreement and put an end to on-going patent litigation between the two. Ericsson said the deal is broad and covers 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE technologies.
ITC to Investigate Ericsson's Patent Claims Against Apple
The U.S. International Trade Commission agreed to examine Ericsson's claims that Apple is violating its wireless patents.
Samsung and InterDigital Strike Patent Accord
InterDigital today announced it has reached a patent licensing agreement with Samsung. The agreement, which InterDigital called "mutually beneficial," also puts to rest all pending litigation between the two companies.
Google, Seeking Patent Peace, Debuts PAX Licensing Network
Google today announced PAX, a patent-licensing initiative for Android that the company hopes will help resolve and/or prevent patent-related threats. Companies that join PAX give each other royalty-free patent licenses that cover Android and Google applications on compatible devices.