Ericsson files patent infringement lawsuit against Apple over 5G
Ericsson filed another patent infringement lawsuit Tuesday against Apple concerning the use of 5G wireless patents in iPhones.To get more latest news on ericsson, you can visit shine news official website.
A leader in cellular communications, the Swedish company previously sued Apple in October in the US District Court for Eastern District of Texas, following the breakdown of negotiations over the renewal of a seven-year license agreement struck in 2015. The license agreement covered patents of 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies used in iPhones. In the breakdown of negotiations, Ericsson sued Apple over the tech giant “unfairly trying to reduce royalty rates.”
However, as the prior agreement expired, Ericsson, in the patent infringement lawsuit, accused Apple of using their technology without a license, infringing their patents for 5G. Demanding collection of the royalty rate, Ericsson agreed that a new license agreement should be drawn up promptly. The most recent lawsuit has been filed in the District Court for the Western District of Texas.
Apple has faced similar cases of infringement of patents, including Motorola, which sued Apple over their touchscreen sensor patent. Apple released a statement over the use of “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing” (FRAND). In the statement, Apple warned of “excessive royalties,” responding to the negotiations with Ericsson. They thought that net payments should be decreased in the renewal of the license agreement, compared to the one drawn up in 2015.
Ericsson and its Chief Executive Officer Borje Ekholm were accused in a U.S. lawsuit of misleading investors about the company’s role in bribes allegedly paid to a terrorist organization ISIS to win business in Iraq.
The suit, which also names Chief Financial Officer Carl Mellander, was filed by investor David Nyy in New York federal court on Thursday and seeks class-action status. Nyy claims actions by the telecommunications company violated U.S. securities laws and resulted in “significant losses and damage” to investors.
Ericsson, which paid more than $1 billion in 2019 to avoid U.S. prosecution in a long-running corruption probe, revealed last month that an internal investigation showed its possible involvement in the payments to ISIS. That disclosure, along with subsequent developments, sent company shares down by about a third.
The U.S. Department of Justice has since accused Ericsson of violating its deferred prosecution agreement and says the company failed to make adequate disclosures about its operations in Iraq before entering into the 2019 agreement.
A report last week from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists detailed allegations about Ericsson’s practices in Iraq, which included the claim about payments to ISIS.Stockholm-based Ericsson said in a statement Friday it learned of the U.S. legal action after its the annual report was finalized Thursday. A company spokeswoman declined further comment.