Litigation with Samsung
Ericsson and Samsung were not able to renew the patent license
agreement before expiry on December 31, 2020.
On December 11, 2020, Ericsson filed a lawsuit in the US
District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, against Samsung,
for violating contractual commitments to negotiate in good faith
and to license patents on Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) terms and
conditions. In addition, Ericsson also sought to obtain a ruling by
the court that it had complied with its own FRAND commitments. The
lawsuit was later amended to include claims of patent infringement
On December 17, 2020, Samsung informed Ericsson that it had
filed suit in Wuhan, China, on December 7, 2020, seeking rate
setting for Ericsson’s 4G & 5G standard essential
On January 1, 2021 Ericsson filed a patent infringement case
in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against
On January 4, 2021, Ericsson filed a complaint at the US
International Trade Commission (ITC) as well as in
Düsseldorf, Mannheim, and Munich Regional Courts in Germany,
the District Court of the Hague in The Netherlands, and the
Enterprise Court of Brussels in Belgium asserting infringement of
patents by Samsung.
On January 7, 2021, Samsung asserted patent infringement
claims against Ericsson in a complaint at the US ITC as well as in
counter claims in the US District Court for the Eastern District of
On January 15, 2021, Ericsson filed an additional US ITC
Action and a case in the US District Court for the Eastern District
of Texas against Samsung for patent infringement.
On February 4, 2021, Samsung filed additional complaints at
the ITC and in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
Texas against Ericsson for patent infringement.
On February 15, 2021, Ericsson filed additional complaints
asserting claims of patent infringement against Samsung in the
Mannheim and Munich Regional Courts in Germany, the District Court
of the Hague in The Netherlands, the Enterprise Court of Brussels
in Belgium, and the Patents Court of the United Kingdom.
On February 19, 2021, Samsung asserted patent infringement
claims against Ericsson in complaints filed in the Paris First
Instance Court in France; Düsseldorf, Mannheim, and Munich Regional
Courts in Germany; the District Court of the Hague in The
Netherlands; and the Enterprise Court of Brussels in Belgium.
The legal and negotiation processes are continuing. In the context
of the various court proceedings, the parties are involved in
filing and contesting various pre-trial motions and related court
awards, including as to venue. The filing of multiple lawsuits,
complaints and other proceedings, when parties take legal action
over a patent license agreement renewal, is standard and
consequently additional lawsuits, complaints and other proceedings,
Resolutions at the Annual General Meeting of shareholders 2021
On March 30, 2021, Ericsson held its AGM. Due to the
COVID-19 pandemic, the AGM
was conducted without the physical presence of shareholders,
representatives and third parties and the shareholders were able to
exercise their voting rights only by post before the meeting.
The AGM resolved to adopt the profit and loss statements and the
balance sheets. The proposed dividend of SEK 2.00 per share was
approved by the AGM. The dividend was to be paid in two
installments, SEK 1.00 per share with the record date Thursday,
April 1, 2021, and SEK 1.00 per share with the record date
Friday, October 1, 2021. The Board of Director’s remuneration
report for 2020 was approved.
The AGM elected Board members and resolved on fees to the Board of
Directors, in accordance with the proposal of the Nomination
Committee. Ronnie Leten was re-elected as Chair of the Board and
Jon Fredrik Baksaas, Jan Carlson, Nora Denzel, Börje Ekholm, Eric
A. Elzvik, Kurt Jofs, Ronnie Leten, Kristin S. Rinne, Helena
Stjernholm and Jacob Wallenberg were re-elected as Board members. It was
also noted that the unions have appointed Torbjörn Nyman, Anders
Ripa and Kjell-Åke Soting as employee representatives on the Board
with Per Holmberg, Ulf Rosberg and Loredana Roslund as
The AGM elected Deloitte AB as auditor for the period up until the
end of the AGM 2022.
The AGM resolved to amend the articles of association in accordance
with the Board of Directors’ proposal in order to facilitate and
increase the flexibility in conducting General Meetings of
shareholders, including through introducing a possibility of postal
In accordance with the Board of Directors’ proposals, the AGM
resolved on implementation of a Long-Term Variable compensation
program (LTV) 2021 for the members of the Executive Team (currently
15 individuals), comprising a maximum of 2.1 million
Class B shares in Ericsson.