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Apple agrees to pay Ericsson for patent dispute

Posted: 24 Dec 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Apple  Ericsson  LTE  UMTS  wireless network 

Apple and Ericsson have approved a global cross-license for patents necessary for the GSM, UMTS and LTE cellular standards and granted certain other patent rights to each other, settling a long-standing dispute.

The two companies also plan to collaborate on 5G communications, video network traffic management and wireless network optimisation.

The terms of the seven-year deal were not disclosed but Apple is making an initial payment and will pay on-going royalties to Ericsson. Ericsson said that taking into account the Apple payments and other royalty bearing licenses its IP business would be worth between $1.54 billion and $1.65 billion in 2015.

The agreement puts an end to lawsuits pending in Texas, California, the U.K., Germany and the Netherlands and also ends an investigation being conducted by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

- Peter Clarke
  EE Times Europe

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