Ericsson has filed a lawsuit against Apple’s products in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.
The original agreement between the companies allowed Apple products to use cellular capability technology from Ericsson, but when this agreement expired, Ericsson alleges Apple continued to use the technology in its products on a global scale.
Ericsson claims it entered into arbitration with Apple in order to reach a mutually beneficial patent agreement, but after two years the companies failed to reach an amicable decision on a global license for Ericsson’s patents.
Gustav Brismark, VP Patent Strategy and Portfolio Management at Ericsson, said: ‘Apple’s products benefit from the technology invented and patented by Ericsson’s engineers. Features that consumers now take for granted – like being able to livestream television shows or access their favourite apps from their phone – rely on the technology we have developed.
‘We are committed to sharing our innovations and have acted in good faith to find a fair solution. Apple continues to profit from Ericsson’s innovation without having a valid licence in place. We are confident the courts in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands will be able to help us resolve this matter in a fair manner.’
Mobile has contacted Apple and is awaiting a response.