ZTE files antitrust complaint with the European Commission against the patent-licensing practices of Vringo

By Nicole Daniel

On 18 June 2014 ZTE Corporation (ZTE) announced that it filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission against Vringo Inc.’s (Vringo) patent-licensing practices.

ZTE alleged that it has been trying to negotiate a license on FRAND terms for telecom patents with Vringo since 2012. In ZTE’s opinion Vringo, as the owner of numerous standard-essential patents on telecommunications standards, is required to license its patents on FRAND terms to safeguard competition in the EU telecommunications market.

ZTE and Vringo engage in technology innovation.

It will have to be seen how the Commission responds to that complaint.

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