Samsung, Ericsson sign pact on patents

Samsung has agreed to a cross-licensing agreement on patents with Sweden's Ericsson in wireless communications technology, an Associated Press report said.

The Associated Press report said the agreement allows the two companies to use each other's patents covering second-generation and third-generation wireless technology, Samsung said in a filing with South Korea's financial regulator.

Samsung is the world's third-largest producer of mobile phones. Stockholm-based Ericsson is the world's largest wireless network maker, the report said.

The companies have agreed in the deal to withdraw all patent-related lawsuits filed against each other, Samsung said in the filing, without elaborating.

The Associated Press report also quoted Samsung spokeswoman Lee Soo-jeong as saying that the two companies have engaged in patent litigation in the area of 2G and 3G technology.

She could not provide any other details, including how many patent lawsuits had been pending, the report said.

Samsung said in the filing the two companies had decided not to publicly disclose certain information in the agreement, the report added.