Ericsson confirmed to Light Reading that it is taking legal action against China's Lenovo, and its Motorola subsidiary, over patent licensing.
"Ericsson has filed a number of lawsuits against Lenovo and its subsidiary Motorola Mobility for patent infringement in multiple jurisdictions. Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to reach agreement on the terms and scope of a license, and both Lenovo and Motorola Mobility are using our technology without a license," Ericsson wrote in a statement. "Ericsson's annual investments in R&D of around $4 billion have led to our leading global position in 5G and a leading 5G patent portfolio. The possibility for fair compensation through patent licensing is important to ensure new investments in innovation that benefit our customers and consumers everywhere."
The company declined to provide any further information. A representative from China's Lenovo said the company does not comment on litigation.
The moves do not come as a surprise. Companies in the 5G industry – particularly major players like Ericsson – routinely file patent-infringement lawsuits against one another in pursuit of licensing revenues.
Indeed, Ericsson itself is fresh off a massive settlement with iPhone maker Apple. The two companies did not disclose the terms of their patent-licensing agreement, but the financial analysts at Raymond James estimated that the companies' new deal will result in licensing payments by Apple to Ericsson of roughly $100 million per quarter.