Ericsson today announced a licensing agreement with Apple that will resolve a long-standing dispute between the two companies over cellular technology patents.
Dispute goes back to early In 2015, two companies filed suing each other over dozens of Ericsson patents related to cellular technology used in Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad.
In late 2015, the companies reached a seven-year patent licensing agreement that seemed to end the dispute, but it was renewed in late 2021 and early 2022 when the 2015 agreement was coming to an end and the companies weren't were able to agree on terms to extend the agreement and include additional patents related to new 5G technology.
With today's announcement, Ericsson and Apple have entered into a new multi-year cellular cross-licensing agreement. patents and additional patent rights.
Christina Petersson, Director of Intellectual Property at Ericsson, says: “We are pleased to settle our litigation with Apple with this agreement, which is of strategic importance to our 5G licensing. program. This will allow both companies to continue to focus on bringing the best technologies to the global market.”
In addition to licensing patents, the agreement also includes commitments from both companies to strengthen existing collaborations, “including in the field of technology , interoperability and standards development.”
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