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Apple-Ericsson 5G Overseas Clash Adds Twist to Texas Patent Suit

July 21, 2022, 8:42 AM

Apple Inc. will argue to a Texas federal judge Thursday that it’s entitled to payments from Ericsson Inc. after the Swedish telecom giant secured an iPhone sales injunction abroad.

Apple wants the court to order Ericsson to “indemnify” it for any costs incurred after a Colombian judge earlier this month blocked 4G and 5G iPhone sales in the country.

That uncommon request raises novel points about the proper boundaries for litigation venue disputes over licensing rates for standard-essential patents disputes, attorneys say. Licensing rights for SEPs are hotly contested, as tech-makers have no choice but to use patents deemed essential ...