Huawei wants EU antitrust regulators to investigate its dispute with Interdigital, saying the US company is demanding money with menace.
Huawei filed a complaint with the European Commission after failing to reach a deal with the wireless technology patent holder.
In a statement, Huawei said that it had decided to take this action because it believes that the licensing fees that InterDigital is requesting are “exploitative, discriminatory and violate FRAND policies”.
It added that such actions also breach EU antitrust rules.
European consumers will suffer because the fees, if paid, would significantly increase the cost of Huawei’s mobile devices and even restrict consumer access to telecommunications technology, Huawei claims.
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute has a policy that companies must licence standard-essential patents to rivals under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.
The outfit made $3 billion in royalties from 2G and 3G licences by December 31, 2011, according to Reuters.