ZTE Files Anti-Trust Complaint Against Vringo in Europe
Published on: 19th Jun 2014
China's ZTE has filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission, requesting it to investigate the licensing practices of ringtone to patent troll, Vringo, claiming that it is impeding fair competition in the telecommunications market.
ZTE says that it has been in patent license talks with Vringo since 2012,but has been unable to reach an agreement on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.
Companies awarded standards-essential patents are required to agree to license them on fair terms.
Although ZTE did not elaborate on its dispute, it added in a statement that it might expand its legal fight to other regions as well.
For its part, Vringo has filed a number of patent lawsuits against ZTE in Europe, and last year Vringo won one round in a German court. It has said that it has tried to secure patent licenses on FRAND terms with ZTE.
Vringo has existing lawsuits against ZTE in Australia, Germany, UK and France.