Swedish company Ericsson has filed another set of lawsuits against Apple for patent infringement. The content of the lawsuits relates to the payment of a fee for the use of 5G wireless patents in iPhone devices.
Both companies have already sued each other in the United States over negotiations over the renewal of a seven-year telecommunications patent licensing agreement, first signed in 2015,.
Ericsson was the first to file a lawsuit against Apple in October, claiming that Apple was trying to improperly reduce royalties. Shortly afterwards, in December, Apple filed a lawsuit against Ericsson alleging that the company was putting pressure on it to extend patent-related cooperation.
“Ericsson has refused to negotiate fair terms to renew our patent licensing agreement, and has instead sued Apple around the world for extorting excessive royalties. We are asking the court to help us determine a fair price,” an Apple spokesman said.
Patent lawsuits are quite common among technology companies because every dollar saved in a cooperation agreement would ultimately mean significant amounts of savings over the life of the contract. Companies like Ericsson charge $ 2.5 to $ 5 for each 5G device that uses their patent, so it’s possible to imagine the amount of money involved. Reuters.
“Given the fact that the previous contract has expired and we have not been able to reach an agreement on the terms and scope of the new license, Apple is now using our technology without a license”; said a spokesman for Ericsson.
The Swedish company invests about $ 5 billion a year in research, has a portfolio of more than 57,000 patents, and patent royalties account for about a third of operating profit.