MANHASSET, N.Y. Wireless equipment maker Ericsson said Wednesday (March 23) it is suing Britain-based mobile phone company Sendo for allegedly infringing its patents covering GSM and GPRS technologies.
The Swedish company said it is seeking an injunction against the continued sale and marketing of Sendo's mobile phone products and unspecified monetary damages.
"We believe that Sendo is using Ericsson patented technology, but they have so far not signed a license agreement with Ericsson. Under these circumstances we have no choice but to take Sendo to court," said an Ericsson spokesman.
Sendo (Birmingham, U.K.), which could not immediately be reached for comment, was established in 1999. It operates in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Ericsson added that most of the world's manufacturers of GSM or GPRS mobile phones have signed license agreements to use its patents.
"Basically, all we ask is that companies who use technology invented by Ericsson compensate us for this, the same way we are prepared to compensate others for our use of their technology," the spokesman said.