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Apple and Ericsson sue each other in LTE patent royalty spat

Loek Essers | Jan. 15, 2015
Ericsson and Apple filed patent lawsuits against each other in the U.S. in a dispute over royalty payments demanded by the Swedish telecommunications equipment manufacturer.

Ericsson said it has signed more than 100 patent-licensing agreements with most major players in the industry. However, it ran into similar problems trying to renew its licensing deal with Samsung Electronics, which landed both companies in court in the U.S. too. According to Samsung, Ericsson started demanding billions more for its patent licenses.

That case was settled though in January last year. Ericsson said at the time that the initial payment in the agreement added 4.2 billion Swedish kronor (then US$650 million) to its sales in the fourth quarter of 2013, and 3.3 billion kronor to net income, suggesting that deal will bring in billions in the years to come.

 

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