Before Sony Ericsson, there was Ericsson. Ericsson is one of the very first to make the cellphone and has over 35,000 of patents that most mobile company's are honoring not named Apple.

Apple Sued By Ericsson Over Patent Rights!
Apple Sued By Ericsson Over Patent Rights!
In that regard, Ericsson announced legal actions last Friday in relation to Ericsson owned patents. The company filed complaints to US International Trade Commissions and filed 7 lawsuits against Apple over 41 patents being infringed. The patents being questioned are the 2G and LTE standards, user interface, location services, applications, semiconductor components and iOS itself.

Ericsson also stated that Apple's global licensing agreements for Ericsson's patent expired last month and Apple declined to get new license based on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms known as FRAND. Ericsson offered them "an offer for both parties to be bound by a decision on fair licensing terms by a United States federal court" which apple refused.

"By refusing Ericsson's fair and reasonable licensing offer for patented technology used in Apple smartphones and tablets, Apple harms the entire market and reduces the incentive to share innovation," - Ericsson

"Apple's products benefit from the technology invented and patented by Ericsson's engineers. Features that consumers now take for granted - like being able to livestream television shows or access their favorite apps from their phone - rely on the technology we have developed". 

"We are committed to sharing our innovations and have acted in good faith to find a fair solution. Apple currently uses our technology without a license and therefore we are seeking help from the court and the ITC." - Kasim Alfalahi, chief intellectual property officer Ericsson

Ericsson also requested to ban the sales of iPhone in the US market.

Apple became Apple today due to the technology created by the first phone makers, and in my opinion they should honor those patents and should have just agreed to Ericsson's offer to solve the problem.


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