On both companies to continue to focus on

On 21st December, Apple Inc. slammed the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation’s requested the federal judge to triple the $234 million in damages awarded it by a jury, which stated that foundation’s contention Apple willfully infringed its computer process patent was rejected by the court.Ericsson and Apple inked a global licensing deal which will end all pending infringement disputes between the companies which were playing out worldwide, including lawsuits in Texas and California federal courts as well as an investigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission.As per Ericsson’s agreement, though the terms of its agreement with Apple Inc. were confidential, Ericsson Inc. stated that it includes a cross license incorporating both companies’ standard-essential patents, and grants each company certain other patent rights.Apple will also make an initial payment to Ericsson and pay on-going royalties, Kasim Alfalahi, Ericsson’s chief intellectual property officer stated, the agreement with Apple will last seven years and is merely the latest for Ericsson, which he says has signed “well over 100 agreements” with players in the market.”We are pleased with this new agreement with Apple, which clears the way for both companies to continue to focus on bringing new technology to the global market, and opens up for more joint business opportunities in the future,” Alfalahi said.”We are pleased with this new agreement with Apple, which clears the way for both companies to continue to focus on bringing new technology to the global market, and opens up for more joint business opportunities in the future,” Alfalahi said.Alfalahi noted that the deal covers 4G mobile technology as well as earlier 2G and 3G technology, and allows the companies to collaborate in the development of next-generation 5G technology as well as in video network traffic management and wireless network optimization. “We regard Apple as a good partner and we will continue to work with them in a positive manner.”Additionally, Alfalahi said that revenue in 2015 from all agreements with licensees, including Apple, would be between 13 billion and 14 billion Swedish Krona ($1.53 billion to $1.65 billion).A representative for Apple was not immediately available for comment. Among the legal matters that will come to a close as a result of Ericsson and Apple’s agreement is an investigation by the ITC into whether Apple violated trade laws by importing electronics that may infringe Ericsson patents.The agreement also puts an end to seven lawsuits Ericsson had filed in February in Texas federal court alleging that Apple’s popular iPhone, iPad and other products infringed 41 of Ericsson’s patents.Earlier, Apple lodged the first suit in the multifaceted legal tussle around the same time the previous licensing deal expired, sought a declaration that Ericsson’s patents are not essential to industry standards and that the company has not offered to license them to Apple on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory, or FRAND, terms.Ericsson responded days later with a suit of its own, alleging Apple has been unwilling to pay a FRAND royalty for a license and has declined Ericsson’s proposal to arbitrate. The company then filed its spate of infringement lawsuits against Apple in February.All of those cases as well as other proceedings taking place overseas will be terminated as a result of the licensing pact announced Monday.The deal with Apple comes about two years after Ericsson reached a licensing deal with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., an agreement which resolved all pending patent litigation between those two companies.