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  • Ericsson Takes Patent Royalty Case against Apple International


    Several months after taking Apple to court in the US, Swedish telecom giant, Ericsson, has filed separate but related lawsuits in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands accusing Apple of using Ericsson patents without a legitimate license. Ericsson claims that the company has engaged Apple in licensing discussions for as long as two years but weren’t able to reach agreement on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. The previous licensing arrangement between the two firms expired this past January. Ericsson intellectual property chief, Kasim Alfalahi said the following in a release:

    Apple continues to profit from Ericsson's technology without having a valid license in place. 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.
    Many of the patents involved in these suits are considered to be standards-essential. As a result, Ericsson, which is a century-old company that invented many modern telecom technologies, is required to license the patents on FRAND terms. In this particular scenario, Apple is disagreeing with Ericsson’s interpretation of FRAND. The company ended up suing Ericsson this past January alleging that the Swedish company was charging excessive royalty rates for intellectual property related to 4G LTE technology. Ericsson responded by stating that a total of seven countersuits and filed two complaints with the ITC seeking both damages and sales injunctions. The two have been in an ongoing legal battle since.

    Source: Ericsson via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Ericsson Takes Patent Royalty Case against Apple International started by Akshay Masand View original post
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    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Thankfully the courts have, of late, been rather harshly critical of FRAND abusers, and rightly so!