Ericsson sues Apple for patent infringement


Ericsson has filled complaints against Apple asserting 41 patents covering many aspects of Apple’s iPhones and iPads.

Two complaints were filled with the International Trade Commission (ITC) and seven complaints in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

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.

The latter holds around 41 patents on different connectivity-related tech, which could all be found in iPhones. Up until this point, the two had a royalty agreement, and the patents were licensed to Apple to use on their handsets in exchange for an ongoing payment. The deal expired in January.

In January, Ericsson filed a suit in the Eastern District of Texas in order to receive an independent assessment on whether Ericsson’s global licensing offer to Apple complies with Ericsson’s commitment to offer fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing terms. Apple has refused to take up a new license.

Apple claims that the price of electronics are driven by factors like their design and functionality that are unique to each product, and accused Ericsson of “abusive licensing practices.”

“Features that consumers now take for granted – like being able to livestream television shows or access their favorite apps from their phone – rely on the technology we have developed.” said Kasim Alfalahi Ericsson’s chief  intellectual property office

Ericsson says it made several attempts to resolve the issue fairly, including offering to be bound by a decision on fair licensing terms by a federal court — but Apple refused to renew the contract which left the company with no choice but to sue the Cupertinians.


Vishal Kawadkar