Huawei Calls EU Antitrust Regulators To Intervene Dispute With InterDigital

Posted on May 24 2012 - 11:53am by Editorial Staff

Reuters is reporting that Huawei has called for EU antitrust regulators to intervene in a dispute with InterDigital, stating that the US-based company is demanding huge “exploitative” fees to use its 3G mobile phone patents. The complaint was filed after the deal was failed with the wireless technology patent holder.

“Huawei … has decided to take this action because it believes that the licensing fees that InterDigital is requesting are exploitative, discriminatory and violate FRAND policies,” Huawei said in a statement on Thursday. It said such actions also breach EU antitrust rules.

“They would also penalize European consumers because the fees, if paid, would significantly increase the cost of Huawei’s mobile devices and even restrict consumer access to telecommunications technology,” Huawei said.

Under policies set by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, companies must license standard-essential patents to rivals under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

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