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Ericsson vs Apple lawsuit reaches Europe

Ericsson vs Apple lawsuit reaches Europe

Ericsson vs Apple lawsuit reaches Europe 

The hunter is now being hunted. Apple used to hunt down Samsung and others in patent suits one after the other. But it is the time of Cupertino based tech giant to face the music.

Ericsson, the Swedish telecom equipment maker that has been suing Apple, the makers of iPhone, iPad and Macbooks, in United States on patent issue has filed lawsuits in Germany, Britain and the Netherlands.

The company has taken Apple to the courts in the three aforementioned nations over technology license payments. The company made the announcement in this regard earlier today.

While making the announcement the telecom giant said that it had offered to enter into arbitration with Cupertino based Apple to reach a global licensing agreement for its patents. It went on to add that the offer has actually expired now.

Kasim Alfalahi, Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Ericsson was quoted by Reuters as saying, “Apple continues to profit from Ericsson’s technology without having a valid license in place…Our technology is used in many features and functionality of today’s communication devices. We are confident the courts in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands will be able to help us resolve this matter in a fair manner”. Last year, Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co had to pay Ericsson $650 million along with years of royalties to end a license dispute if the same happens in this case, Apple may well have to pay some $300 million to Ericsson annually.

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