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STOCKHOLM, Nov 28 (Reuters) - India's Competition Commission
(CCI) is to investigate Swedish telecoms equipment maker
Ericsson in regard to a dispute over charges levied
on Indian group Micromax for the use of Ericsson's patents.
Ericsson had sued Micromax in March 2013 for patent
infringement and the Indian company responded by filing a
complaint to the CCI, Ericsson said.
"The CCI has now decided to refer the case to the director
general for an in-depth investigation," Ericsson said in a
statement, adding it would fully cooperate with the probe.
According to a document on the CCI's website, it will
investigate whether Ericsson charges Micromax too much in
royalties to use its patents.
In its complaint to the commission, Micromax said Ericsson
abused its dominant position in patents by imposing "exorbitant
royalty rates," the document showed.
Micromax argued that royalties for Ericsson patents related
to mobile phones should be based on the value of the technology
used, not on the sale price of a phone.
The latter method makes royalties paid for smartphones much
higher than standard phones.
Ericsson said it had tried several times to sign a license
agreement with Micromax on fair, reasonable and
Link to CCI document: http://r.reuters.com/haq94v
(Reporting by Sven Nordenstam; Editing by David Holmes)