Ericsson extends patent lawsuit against Apple to Europe

Recently, Ericsson extended their lawsuit against Apple by filing suits in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The suits were filed after expiry of an offer from Ericsson to enter into arbitration with Apple. The arbitration was intended to yield a mutually beneficial global licensing agreement for Ericsson’s standard-essential patents. The suits in the three countries refer to the 2G and 4G/LTE standards, as well as other technologies that are not standardized, but are related to design of semiconductor components, non-cellular wireless communications etc.For more than two years Ericsson has been trying to reach an agreement with Apple on a global license for Ericsson's patents on terms that are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND), but the companies have failed to reach an amicable resolution. Ericsson's national lawsuits in Europe are further efforts to protect its investment in R&D and follow the complaints filed earlier this year against Apple. These included two complaints with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and 7 complaints with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The patent infringement claims, involving 41 wireless-related patents, are currently being investigated by the ITC. // Rasmus Fredlund