Ericsson sues Apple again over 5G patent license

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(Reuters) – Sweden’s Ericsson has filed another round of patent infringement lawsuits against Apple in the latest salvo between the two companies over royalty payments for the use of 5G wireless patents in iPhones.

The two companies have already sued in the United States after negotiations broke down over the renewal of a seven-year licensing agreement for telecommunications patents first concluded in 2015.

Ericsson filed an initial lawsuit in October, claiming Apple was trying to unduly slash royalty rates, while the iPhone maker filed a lawsuit in December accusing the Swedish company of using “strong-arm tactics to renew patents.

“Given that the previous agreement expired and we were unable to reach an agreement on the terms and scope of a new license, Apple is now using our technology unlicensed,” a spokesperson said. ‘Ericson.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Patent lawsuits are quite common among tech companies, as each dollar saved could represent significant sums over the life of the deal, as companies such as Ericsson charge between $2.5 and $5 for each 5G handset. .

The Swedish company invests approximately $5 billion annually in research, has a portfolio of more than 57,000 patents, and royalties from its patent portfolio represent approximately one-third of its operating profit.

Ericsson last year settled patent lawsuits with Samsung after months of legal battles that temporarily hit its quarterly profits. Pending contributions are generally cleared after a settlement is reached.

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