As some older telecom patents specs hit their
20-year expiration deadline, companies like Ericsson don’t necessarily
lose patent protection. Some “solutions” related to 2G, for example,
are being applied to 4G, explained Alfalahi. Ericsson has more
than 100 license agreements based on "fair, reasonable and non-Discriminatory (FRAND) terms.
tried hard to amicably come to an agreement with Samsung and to sign a
license agreement on FRAND terms. But they refused,” Alfalahi said.
Alfalahi said Ericsson's technologies related to things like the "user
interface, touch screens, video streaming or others” used by Samsung in consumer products aren't a part of the communications standards and won’t necessarily be licensed on FRAND terms,
Ericsson filed its complaint against Samsung in
a Texas court, where Ericsson's U.S. headquarters is located and where it employs several
thousand employees. Ericsson chose ”the United States to be the
venue because it’s the country where [intellectual property rights] are very important,” said
Alfalahi. ”We have no desire to expand our lawsuit beyond the United
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.