“Apple Inc sued Ericsson alleging that the Swedish company’s LTE wireless technology patents are not essential to industry cellular standards and that it is demanding excessive royalties for these patents,” Supriya Kurane and Dan Levine report for Reuters. “The iPhone maker said it has not infringed on the patents and does not owe royalties for them.”
“If Ericsson’s patents are deemed essential and the court rules Apple has infringed on them, Apple said it wants the court to assign a reasonable royalty rate,” Kurane and Levine report. “‘We’ve always been willing to pay a fair price to secure the rights to standards essential patents covering technology in our products. Unfortunately, we have not been able to agree with Ericsson on a fair rate for their patents so, as a last resort, we are asking the courts for help,’ said Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet.”
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