Back in 2012, Ericsson filed a lawsuit against Samsung claiming patent infringement. This lawsuit was then followed up by a request for an import ban against Samsung’s products, adding more legal trouble for Samsung who was at that time battling against Apple as well. While Apple and Samsung have yet to work out their differences, it looks like Samsung and Ericsson have as the South Korean tech giant has announced that they have signed a cross-licensing deal with Ericsson although there is no word on how long this cross-licensing deal will last for.
The deal in question will cover patents related to GSM, UMTS, and LTE and will also put an end to whatever ongoing litigation is taking place at the moment, which also covers complaints made by both companies to the US International Trade Commission and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. No word on how much royalty Samsung will paying Ericsson as both companies have unsurprisingly decided to remain mum on that particular topic. Ericsson also stated that they believe the royalty payments made by Samsung to them will have an impact on the company’s financials for Q4 2013 and the beginning of 2014. This is the second cross-licensing deal that Samsung has recently signed, with the previous one signed with Google.
We’re not sure if this means that Samsung is in an agreeable mood, but hopefully we will be able to see some kind of settlement between Apple and Samsung where agreement talks are expected to take place next month.