Ericsson and Apple settle disputes

Stockholm, December 21

Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson has reached a global licensing agreement with Apple that settles several earlier

patent disputes between the two companies, Ericsson announced today.

The terms of the agreement are confidential, according to the Ericsson statement, but it ‘includes a cross licence

covering the patents on essential standards of the two companies (including GSM, UMTS and LTE standards) and provides certain other patent rights’.

“In addition, the agreement ... solves all disputes related to violations of patents between the companies,” the statement added.

Ericsson had filed lawsuits in Britain, Germany and the Netherlands over the unlicensed use of its technology

in iPhones and other wireless devices.

As part of the agreement, the companies are to collaborate in the development of the next generation 5G cellular standards, the optimisation of existing wireless networks for operators and also in video traffic optimisation.

“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.

While Ericsson no longer makes mobile phones, it remains a leading manufacturer of equipment for mobile networks, and has more than 35,000 technology patents and 100 patent-licensing agreements worldwide.

The Swedish company said in February the patents concerned the technology in older and current-generation mobile systems, as well as for features like live streaming of television shows and accessing apps on phones.