Attempt To Block iPhone Sales in the US: Ericsson To Sue Apple Again
So the licensing battle is not over yet. Famous provider of communication technology and services, Ericsson is again going to sue Apple for infringing its patents, said Bloomberg.
On Friday, Ericsson announced that it has decided to take the iPhone maker to the U.S. Courts by filing seven lawsuits. In addition to this, the wireless networks giant is making demands to the U.S International Trade Commission to stop the Cupertino-based company from selling iPhones in the U.S market.
Why is Ericsson going hard at Apple? The company believes that Apple is infringing about 41 patents. These patents include the ways of communication between mobile devices, battery saving methods and even the operating system design and user interfaces.
Ericsson’s case becomes stronger if we carefully observe the past course of action of both the companies: Apple has been paying Ericsson for the license of using the patents until January. However, after the expiry of the license, Apple has not renewed it. Ericsson claims that it tried to contact Apple to resolve the matter, but Apple wasn’t interested.
“We have offered them a license; they have a turned it down,” said Kasim Alfalahi, who is Ericsson’s chief intellectual property officer. “We’re not a company that’s planning to extract more than the value we put on the table.”
The dispute escalated when both the companies sued each other. Apple argued over the Ericsson’s claim of having right of royalties. It questioned Ericsson’s rationale for royalties on fundamental technology. Ericsson offered Apple to take the matter to independent arbitrator and let them decide the rates for compensation but Apple refused these suggestions.
In January’s complaint Apple accused Ericsson for “abusive licensing practices,” told Bloomberg. It said “[Ericsson] seeks to exploit its patents to take the value of these cutting-edge Apple innovations.”
This time Ericsson is likely to pressurize Apple. The company has contacted International Trade Commission in Washington which is entitled to take even expeditious actions as compared to the courts. The Trade Commission can ban Apple’s products if it endorses Ericsson’s complaints.
And if that happens, it will mean a major setback for Apple. Even the products which it produces in Asia – Apple’s iPhone, iPad and other devices – will be affected along with its productions done with in the U.S.
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.