Ericsson sues Apple for patent infringement

DetailsEditor | 27 February 2015

Ericsson has joined what seems a growing line of companies taking Apple to court for patent infringement.

The communications technology firm has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) requesting an exclusion order against Apple's products for what it says are infringements of its patents that are essential to the 2G and 4G/LTE standards.

The patents include standard essential patents related to the 2G and 4G/LTE standards as well as other patents that are critical to features and functionality of Apple devices such as the design of semiconductor components, user interface software, location services and applications, as well as the iOS operating system. Ericsson seeks exclusion orders in the ITC proceedings and damages and injunctions in the District Court actions.

Ericsson added that after Apple refused its offer to have a court determine fair licensing terms by which both companies would be bound, it also filed a second ITC complaint seeking an exclusion order and multiple complaints in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas requesting damages and injunctions for infringement of patents that are critical to many other aspects of Apple's devices.

"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 live-stream television shows or access their favourite apps from their phone - rely on the technology we have developed," said Ericsson chief intellectual property officer Kais Alfalahi, explaining the grounds for the suit. "We are committed to sharing our innovations and have acted in good faith to find a fair solution. Apple currently uses our technology without a licence and therefore we are seeking help from the court and the ITC."