Ericsson Wins Key Ruling Over Samsung in U.S.-China Fight



Susan Decker and Laurel Brubaker Calkins | Bloomberg

Samsung Electronics Co. can’t use a Chinese court ruling to block an American court from determining royalty rates on Samsung and Ericsson patents, a federal judge in Texas ruled Monday, in a closely watched case over global royalty disputes.

District Court Judge Rodney Gilstrap said he has the right to determine if Samsung and Ericsson are fulfilling their obligations to license their standard-essential patents on fair terms. He barred Samsung from enforcing a ruling that limited Ericsson’s ability to pursue its case.

Ericsson, based in Sweden, filed suit against Samsung last month in Texas, accusing it of refusing to negotiate in good faith so Samsung could demand a less-than-fair rate on Ericsson’s patents. Days earlier, South Korea-based Samsung had filed its own complaint in Wuhan, China, asking the court there to set a global rate for Ericsson’s patents.

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