Surprising no one, Apple got on another company’s bad side by not playing nice regarding patents and patent infringement.
This particular lawsuit is related to Ericsson, the company who holds the patent for the 5G tech iPhones and iPads use, and their victory over Apple has resulted in a sales ban! Yay, so fun! The best part is that Apple just didn’t renew the license to use Ericsson’s 5G tech… because get this, it was too much moneys 🙁
Well GOOD JOB Apple, you just got your 5G iPhones and iPads banned from sale in Colombia, and the sales ban might not end there…
FOSS Patents reports:
The Juzgado 043 Civil del Circuito de Bogotá–a court in the Colombian capital of Bogotá–found Apple’s 5G iPhones and iPads to infringe claim 13 of Colombian patent no. NC2019/0003681, which has been declared essential to the 5G standard and was granted to Ericsson in 2019 and will remain valid until December 2037.FOSS Patents
This sales ban will last until 2037… that is a long time. Lucky for Apple, Colombia is a very small market for Timmy and The Boys where even a total sales ban like this will likely not hurt them in a noticeable way. The ban affects any iPhones and iPads with 5G technology in them from Ericsson, and the company has their eyes set on bringing a sales ban to other countries as well.
The main issue is that Apple doesn’t even deny that it’s infringing on the patent – that’s not exactly the best defense, however the entire issue has stemmed from Apple believing Ericsson is over-charging for the license to use their tech.
This fight is surely not over, Ericsson may have won what may be called a symbolic victory; but if they can get enough countries to ban sale of 5G iPhones and iPads, they might just get one over on ol’ Apple.
Or Tim Cook could win free licensing for 1,000 years in an arm wrestling tournament against Ericsson’s CEO, who can say really what the future holds.
Get some popcorn, y’all, we’re just starting here.