Ericsson settles patent dispute with Apple2015-12-21 15:40 by Daniela
Tags: Ericsson, Apple
Apple and Ericsson have reached an agreement on a year-long patent dispute. The new agreement resolves all pending patent-infringement litigation between the companies. As part of the deal announced Monday, Apple will make an initial payment to Ericsson followed by royalties.
Earlier this year, Ericsson filed seven lawsuits in the U.S. against Apple, claiming that 41 patents were being infringed by the iPhone maker, and said the lawsuits arose because Apple rejected an offer of a license. Apple said at the time that Ericsson was using "abusive patent licensing practices."
Now, Ericsson is pleased with the agreement and says the two companies will cooperate in the future, including on the development of fifth generation phones, or 5G, as well as on video and wireless networks.
"We are pleased with this new agreement with Apple, which clears the way for both companies to continue to focus on bringing new technology to the global market, and opens up for more joint business opportunities in the future," said Kasim Alfalahi, chief intellectual property officer at Ericsson.
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