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Ericsson Seeks US Import Ban On Samsung Products 102

angry tapir writes "Just a few days after Ericsson filed several patent-infringement lawsuits against Samsung in the U.S., the Swedish mobile phone company also filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), asking for an import ban of a wide range of Samsung products, including the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note. Ericsson alleges that Samsung violates Section 337 of the Tariff Act by importing patent-infringing products into the U.S and selling them."
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Ericsson Seeks US Import Ban On Samsung Products

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  • by PolygamousRanchKid ( 1290638 ) on Monday December 03, 2012 @07:43PM (#42174327)

    No, that would be like trying to install modern plumbing in an outhouse. It's much better to burn down the old outhouse, and start again, with a new foundation.

    Technology has evolved so much that the current system just doesn't fit and function in a beneficial way for all.

  • by ifiwereasculptor ( 1870574 ) on Monday December 03, 2012 @07:50PM (#42174393)

    Buy counterfeited chinese crap. It's the only way to avoid the lawyer tax.

  • by stephanruby ( 542433 ) on Monday December 03, 2012 @09:04PM (#42174965)

    There's nothing wrong in demanding that the company using your patents pay the licensing fees that are due, and why people ascribe them ulterior motives when they have nothing to gain is beyond me.

    Ascribing ulterior motives? May be, that's because they're playing hard ball and asking for an immediate import ban just before Christmas.

  • by viperidaenz ( 2515578 ) on Monday December 03, 2012 @10:07PM (#42175379)
    They're the same industry. Telecommunications. Ericsson make cellphone networks. Samsung make cellphones that use those networks. If Samsung doesn't need Ericsson's patents, how do they make cellphones the work on cellphone networks? You know, those little things like GSM, WCDMA, GPRS, LTE and EGDE.

    If patents in this area were stifling innovation, why is it just about every other cellphone manufacturer pays for them? Society has gained from these patents. There are but a few cellular network technologies world wide. This means manufactures, for a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory price can sell phones that work on networks in every country in the world. That's the part that promotes innovation. There is no discrimination for any company wishing to obtain a license and everyone pays the same amount. The playing field is level.

    You obviously have no idea what you're on about
  • by penix1 ( 722987 ) on Monday December 03, 2012 @10:10PM (#42175401) Homepage

    Just so you know, to make a cellphone you have to license a lot of patents from Ericsson, RIM, ex-Nortel (now Apple), Google/Motorola, Samsung, and the list goes on and on and on and on...

    That is because of the standards being reliant on patent technology. FRAND be damned. That whole concept needs to go away in standards. It isn't a standard if the barrier to entry is that minefield.

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