LG Electronics files lawsuit against Wiko over LTE tech

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LG Electronics files lawsuit against Wiko over LTE tech

LG Electronics said Wednesday it filed a lawsuit against French smartphone maker Wiko over allegedly violating the company’s patent rights in the long-term evolution (LTE) technology.

It marked the second time that LG is taking legal action against an overseas smartphone producer, after suing U.S.-based BLU Products in March 2017.

The South Korean tech giant said the latest lawsuit was filed at the district court of Mannheim, Germany.

An official from LG Electronics said the lawsuit centers on three violations related to LTE network technology.

“We will continue to take stern actions against unapproved usages of our patents without fair payments,” the company said.

Citing the data compiled by industry tracker Strategy Analytics, LG Electronics said Wiko sold more than 10 million units of smartphones in the European market last year.

LG said it first sent a letter of warning to Wiko in 2015 and made multiple efforts to reach a license agreement, claiming the European company did not respond to the requests.

The company decided to file the lawsuit to protect its intellectual rights and take strict actions on moves to unfairly use its technologies.

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