January 14, 2015
Following Apple’s legal action on Tuesday, Ericsson today filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas requesting a ruling on Ericsson’s proposed global licensing fees with Apple.
During the past two years of negotiations, the companies have not been able to reach an agreement on licensing of Ericsson’s patents that enable Apple’s mobile devices to connect with the world and power many of their applications. Ericsson said it filed the suit in order to receive an independent assessment on whether its global licensing offer complies with Ericsson’s FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) commitment.
Apple filed its lawsuit earlier this week.
Kasim Alfalahi, chief intellectual property officer at Ericsson, said the company’s goal is to “reach a mutually beneficial resolution with Apple. They have been a valued partner for years and we hope to continue that partnership. Global sharing of technology has created the success of the mobile industry and allowed new entrants to quickly build successful businesses. We believe it is reasonable to get fair compensation from companies benefitting from the development we have made over the course of the last 30 years.”
The global license agreement between Ericsson and Apple for mobile technology has expired and Apple has declined to take a new license.