Samsung Electronics and Motorola are under investigation by the US International Trade Commission (US ITC) for allegations that mobile devices manufactured by the two companies violate network patents issued by the Evolved Wireless company in Texas.
In a statement released on March 1, the US ITC said that it decided to hold an investigation into certain LTE compatible communication devices. US ITC starts to investigate Ericsson complaint against Samsung. The investigation is described in the commission’s investigation notice.
The US ITC says the Evolved Wireless filed a complaint on February 1 this year, a complaint stated that alleges violations of article 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 on imports to the US and the sale of certain communication equipment. LTE compatible communications certain in violation of the patent held by the plaintiff.
An industry official revealed that Evolved Wireless previously filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and other companies for illegally using its LTE technology years ago. And this year’s lawsuit also seems to have the vile purpose of seeking some of the profits from the big players in the market.
Evolved Wireless is a non-practice entity (NPE), which means a company or person that holds a patent or patent related right. However, instead of producing or utilizing patented inventions, NPE seeks profit by negotiating the licensing of its patents.
Under Article 337, the US ITC will investigate allegations of unfair competition practices related to patent infringement. In this case, despite an investigation, US ITC has not made any decision yet.
The committee leader will assign the case to one of the organization’s administrative law judges. This examination will make the initial decision, whether there is a violation of article 337 or not. A final decision will be made within 45 days of the initiation of the investigation.
Formerly known as 4G LTE and LTE (short for “long-term evolution”), it is a wireless broadband communication standard for mobile devices. The US ITC says the scope of the investigation includes “LTE compatible phones, tablets and smartwatches“.
Regarding the incident, a Samsung Electronics official stated that the company had no comment on the ongoing investigations.
The USITC is also reviewing a Ericsson patent infringement complaint against Samsung. The investigation was held after the Swedish telecommunications equipment giant filed a complaint with the committee in January, claiming that Samsung illegally used patented wireless communication technology invention.