Ericsson confirms China probe over licensing
Ericsson said in a statement that on April 11, the company was informed by the Chinese SAMR -- State Administration for Market Regulation -- Anti-Monopoly Bureau that they have initiated an investigation into Ericsson's patent licensing practices in China. "Ericsson is cooperating with the investigation. Over the past decades, Ericsson has made substantial investments in technology research and standards development in the mobile industry. These consistent investments in R&D have made Ericsson a leading innovator and the driving force in the creation of each new generation of cellular technology. In order to provide access to its patented technology to others, and also to get a fair return on its heavy investments, Ericsson has a patent licensing program that offers licenses to implementers of the cellular standards on FRAND -- Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory -- terms and conditions. Ericsson has always been committed to these FRAND principles, as they ensure a balance between contributors to the standards and implementers of the technology, thus accelerating the development and adoption of new technologies in our industry."