Ericsson Sues Apple in Three Countries Over Patent Misuse
Ericsson today stepped up its legal action against Apple with new lawsuits filed in the U.K., the Netherlands, and Germany. Ericsson asserts Apple is using its wireless technology patents without the proper licenses. Apple used to have licenses for the patents, but the licenses expired and the two companies have been unable to come to terms over what constitute fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory licensing fees. "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 U.K., and the Netherlands will be able to help us resolve this matter in a fair manner," said Ericsson. The company has been trying to come to terms with Apple for two years and recently offered to enter arbitration. Companies are required to license patents deemed essential at fair rates.
Dec 1, 2017
Qualcomm this week filed yet more lawsuits against Apple over alleged patent infringement. Three new lawsuits say Apple's iPhones violate some 16 additional Qualcomm patents.
Mar 6, 2018
BlackBerry has filed lawsuits against Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, claiming all three violate its patented messaging technology. "Defendants created mobile messaging applications that co-opt BlackBerry’s innovations, using a number of the innovative security, user interface, and functionality enhancing features," said the company in its filings.
May 15, 2017
Intel and Samsung support the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust investigation against Qualcomm and have filed amicus briefs to air their own complaints. The FTC hit Qualcomm with legal action in January and suggested that the company's patent licensing practices may violate monopoly regulations.
Apr 3, 2017
Google today announced PAX, a patent-licensing initiative for Android that the company hopes will help resolve and/or prevent patent-related threats. Companies that join PAX give each other royalty-free patent licenses that cover Android and Google applications on compatible devices.