BRUSSELS: Huawei Technologies Co., China’s largest phone-equipment maker, filed an antitrust complaint with European Union regulators that accuses InterDigital Inc. of refusing to license key wireless patents.
Huawei alleges that InterDigital is abusing a dominant position for 3G technology patents agreed as industry standards and has made “unreasonable and discriminatory demands” on license fees, said Roland Sladek, a spokesman for Huawei in Shenzhen, China. Huawei filed the complaint May 23 because there was “no foreseeable resolution” to talks on the fees, it said in a statement yesterday.
Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. are being probed by the European Commission over whether they violated agreements to license standards-essential patents to other mobile-phone manufacturers on fair terms. The EU probe into Motorola Mobility followed complaints from Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. this year.
InterDigital, the owner of about 1,300 U.S. patents related to mobile phones, last year filed a case with the US International Trade Commission in Washington, alleging that Huawei, Nokia Oyj, ZTE Corp. and LG Electronics Inc. infringed patents related to so-called third-generation wireless technology. It has also sued the companies in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, making the same allegations. (Bloomberg/T05)