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Ericsson takes Apple litigation fight to Europe


By John Glenday | Reporter

May 11, 2015 | 1 min read

Ericsson, the Swedish telecom equipment manufacturer, has taken its fight against Apple over technology licence payments to courts in Europe, as their global tussle continues to escalate.

Until now the battle had been confined to the US but now lawsuits have been filed in Germany, Britain and the Netherlands following a breakdown in negotiations toward agreeing terms for licensing its patents for 2G and 4G/LTE mobile communication standards.

Kasim Alfalahi, chief intellectual property officer at Ericsson, explained: “Apple continues to profit from Ericsson's technology without having a valid licence in place.

"Our technology is used in many features and functionality of today's communication devices. We are confident the courts in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands will be able to help us resolve this matter in a fair manner.”

Apple did not comment directly on the latest legal moves but has previously vowed to contest pursuit of unfair royalty payments.

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