Apple and Ericsson go to court following expired patent agreement

Apple and Ericsson go to court following expired patent agreement

Apple and Ericsson have both filed lawsuits in the USA following the expiration of a license agreement between the two companies.

The licence agreement allowed Apple smartphones and tablets to use cellular capability technology from Ericsson.

Ericsson claim that the expiration of the agreement comes after two years of negotiations. The company has filed a complaint in the United Stated District Court (USDC) for the Eastern District of Texas requesting the court to determine if its global licencing offer for Ericsson’s standard essential patent portfolios to Apple is fair, reasonable proper and non-discriminatory (FRAND).

This follows Apple’s decision on the 12th of January to file a lawsuit in the USDC for the Northern District of California.

Kasim Alfalahi, Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Ericsson, said: ‘Our goal is to reach a mutually beneficial resolution with Apple. They have been a valued partner for years and we hope to continue that partnership. Global sharing of technology has created the success of the mobile industry and allowed new entrants to quickly build successful businesses. We believe it is reasonable to get fair compensation from companies benefitting from the development we have made over the course of the last 30 years.’

Ericsson said that it believed it had one of the industry's strongest intellectual property portfolios, which includes more than 35,000 granted patents worldwide. The firm also revealed that it spent $5bn on R&D per year.

Mobile has contacted Apple and is awaiting a response.


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