Ericsson files patent breach suits against Apple

DetailsEditor | 09 May 2015

Communications and broadcast technology provider Ericsson has asserted patents rights against Apple suits in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands against the CE giant's products.

ericsson mwcExplaining the rationale for its move, Ericsson said that for more than two years it had been trying to reach an agreement with Apple on a global licence for Ericsson's patents on terms that are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND). Apple does not yet have any licence for Ericsson's technology, yet said the suit, continues to sell products, for which its licences have expired, on a global scale.

Ericsson believes a global system of fair and reasonable compensation through licensing is vital for providing the necessary industry incentive to continue to innovate and develop new technologies for the benefit of consumers. It stated that it had offered to enter into arbitration with Apple to reach a mutually beneficial global licensing agreement for its standard-essential patents, but that offer had now expired.

The proceedings in the three countries refer to the 2G and 4G/LTE standards, as well as other technology that is not standardised, but is related to, for instance, the design of semiconductor components and non-cellular wireless communications.

"Apple continues to profit from Ericsson's technology without having a valid licence in place," asserted Ericsson chief intellectual property officer Kasim Alfalahi. "Our technology is used in many features and functionality of today's communication devices. 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."