Ericsson has filed patent infringement complaints against Apple at the International Trade Commission and a court in the US.
The two complaints allege that Apple’s iPhones and iPads infringe 41 patents held by Ericsson, as Apple is operating without a license to the technology since last month.
The patents include standard-essential patents related to the 2G and LTE standards as well as other patents that are critical to features and functionality of Apple devices, such as the design of semiconductor components, user interface software, location services and applications, as well as the iOS operating system.
Ericsson said it seeks exclusion orders in the ITC proceedings and damages and injunctions in the District Court action.
Last month, Ericsson filed a suit in the Eastern District of Texas in order to receive an independent assessment of whether its global licensing offer to Apple complies with Ericsson’s commitment to offer fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing terms.
Apple also filed a lawsuit asking the US District Court for the Northern District of California to find that it does not infringe a small subset of Ericsson’s patents, a claim that Ericsson disputes.
Apple’s global license agreement for Ericsson’s mobile technology expired last month, and Apple has declined to take a new license offered on FRAND terms, Ericsson said, adding that it made several attempts to find a fair solution.
Source: Telecom Paper