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November 27, 2012
05:19 EDTERIC, SSNLFEricsson files patent infringement action against Samsung
Ericsson (ERIC) has filed a lawsuit in the U.S against Samsung (SSNLF) for infringing its patents, after nearly two years of negotiations failed to reach an agreement. The dispute concerns both Ericsson's patented technology that is essential to several telecommunications and networking standards used by Samsung's products as well as other of Ericsson's patented inventions that are frequently implemented in wireless and consumer electronics products. Ericsson has concluded that it has no option other than legal action after negotiations have not been successful since Samsung has refused to take a license on FRAND terms. Ericsson helped to create the mobile telephone system by contributing hundreds of its inventions to the standard in exchange for a fair royalty. To date, Ericsson has signed more than 100 license agreements with all major players in the industry. In 2011 alone, Ericsson spent $5B on research and development.
News For ERIC;SSNLF From The Last 14 Days
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March 31, 2015
11:01 EDTSSNLFDomino's Pizza introduces ordering on Samsung Smart TVs
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06:07 EDTSSNLFSamsung, LG settle legal disputes, WSJ says
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05:59 EDTSSNLFReport: Samsung Display may revamp OLED TV panel production, DigiTimes says
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March 30, 2015
06:28 EDTSSNLFMotorola has strong year in Brazil, WSJ says
Lenovo Group's (LNVGY) Motorola Moto G was the best-selling smartphone in Brazil in 2014, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing data from IDC. Samsung (SSNLF) still retains a 43% overall market share in Brazil, notes the Journal, though Motorola has shot to second place ahead of LG Electronics. Motorola president Rick Osterloh commented, “It’s our ultimate aim to bring... innovations to the lowest tier we possibly can. We definitely see the future being in the midtier.” Reference Link
March 26, 2015
12:17 EDTSSNLFEarnings Preview: Analyst sees BlackBerry's revenue bottoming in Q4
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11:31 EDTERICNeuStar reaffirms outlook, announces buyback after FCC vote
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11:25 EDTERICNeuStar responds to FCC action regarding local number portability administrator
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11:06 EDTERICFCC votes unanimously to end portability contract with NeuStar
NeuStar (NSR) was expected to loss the Number Portability Administration Center vendor contract with the FCC to Ericsson's (ERIC) Telcordia unit after the Wireline Competition Bureau earlier this morning provided a draft order to the agency to initiate contract negotiations with Telcordia. The FCC voted today to move forward with Ericsson.
09:02 EDTSSNLFSamsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge to be available in U.S. beginning April 10
Samsung Electronics America (SSNLF) announced the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in the U.S. beginning April 10, with pre-orders starting March 27. In the U.S., the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in Black Sapphire, White Pearl and Gold Platinum -- in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB2 memory options. AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), U.S. Cellular (USM) and Verizon Wireless (VZ) will carry both the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge, while Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS will carry the Galaxy S 6. Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy (BBY), as well as Amazon.com (AMZN), Costco Wholesale (COST), Sam’s Club (WMT), Target (TGT) and Walmart will also carry the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge. Carriers and retailers will confirm specific pricing and availability.
March 25, 2015
06:14 EDTSSNLFSamsung SDI and ABB form strategic microgrid commercial alliance
Samsung SDI (SSNLF) and ABB (ABB) have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a strategic commercial alliance. Samsung SDI and ABB join forces to develop and market microgrid systems that comprise energy storage solutions. The two companies will establish a global commercial alliance to develop and market modular and scalable microgrid solutions, utilizing lithium-ion batteries for energy storage.
05:52 EDTSSNLFFoxconn to set up India production lines to respond to Sony demand, DigiTimes says
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05:52 EDTSSNLFSamsung set to lead smartphone market in 2015, DigiTimes Research reports
Samsung (SSNLF) is set to lead the smartphone vendor rankings in 2015, reports DigiTimes Research. Samsung and Apple (AAPL) is expected to ship 330M and 230M smartphones, respectively in 2015, while Lenovoy (LNVGY) is set to up its shipments to 84M units. Reference Link
March 23, 2015
11:31 EDTSSNLFMicrosoft and Samsung expand global partnership
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08:13 EDTSSNLFPendrell unit: Court rejects attempts to limit scope of DRM patents
ContentGuard Holdings, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation (PCO), announced that on Friday, March 20, Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a 144 page Claim Construction Order in lawsuits ContentGuard filed against several companies who continue to use its patented Digital Rights Management solutions without a license, including Apple (AAPL), Amazon.com (AMZN), DirecTV (DTV), Google (GOOG), HTC, Huawei, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics (SSNLF). In his order, Judge Gilstrap interpreted the language in ContentGuard’s patents in a manner that fully preserves the breadth of ContentGuard’s patented Digital Rights Management technologies. These technologies were developed to enable the distribution of digital media over the Internet and other networks, including cellular and satellite networks, and provide innovative solutions to problems that were once thought to be unsolvable. “We are very pleased with the Court’s ruling,” commented James Baker, ContentGuard’s Vice President for Licensing and Strategic Development. “We believe these claim constructions demonstrate that the online stores defendants provide for buying and renting DRM-protected movies, videos, books, and music and devices that play, run, display or print this DRM-protected content infringe ContentGuard’s pioneering DRM patents.”
06:00 EDTSSNLFSharp's investment in Oxide TFT LCD display may face competition, DigiTimes says
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March 22, 2015
16:42 EDTSSNLFChip equipment slowdown may not be as bad as first thought, WSJ says
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March 20, 2015
10:00 EDTERICOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Actuant (ATU) downgraded at Stifel... American Capital Mortgage (MTGE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Campus Crest (CCG) downgraded at RBC Capital... Care.com (CRCM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Electrolux AB (ELUXY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Ericsson (ERIC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Extreme Networks (EXTR) downgraded at Raymond James... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Tableau (DATA) downgraded at Mizuho... Tech Data (TECD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Tesoro (TSO) downgraded at Wells Fargo... Ultra Clean (UCTT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Vince Holding (VNCE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Youku Tudou (YOKU) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
06:24 EDTERICEricsson downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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March 19, 2015
08:14 EDTERICWorst case scenario unlikely for Ericsson in Apple lawsuit, says Bernstein
Noting that Apple (AAPL) and Ericsson (ERIC) are involved in patent litigation in which Apple has asked the court to limit Apple's royalty payments to Ericsson to the smallest saleable component containing Ericsson's technology, Bernstein says that Ericsson's IP revenue would be reduced to almost nothing if the court grants Apple's request. However, the firm does not believe that Apple's request has a good legal rationale, and it thinks that the court is "extremely unlikely" to grant it. As a result, the firm is "relaxed" about Ericsson's outlook. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.

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