Ericsson Seeks to Block US Imports of Apple Phone, Watch

Ericsson Seeks to Block US Imports of Apple Phone, Watch

Bloomberg

Ericsson AB filed US trade complaints seeking to block imports of Apple Inc. devices, escalating a legal battle that shows licensing talks between the two over 5G telecommunications technology are going poorly.

In complaints filed with the US International Trade Commission in Washington, Ericsson targets a wide swath of Apple products — the iPhone, tablets, smartwatches, smart speakers and digital media players — that it says infringe some of its patents. Ericsson also lodged suits in a west Texas district court known to be friendly to patent owners, claiming Apple devices are using its patented inventions without paying for them.

Even before their 2015 licensing agreement expired, the companies had been lobbing lawsuits against each other. Ericsson sued Apple in October, accusing it of “bad faith” in negotiations. Apple responded with its own suit in December, claiming Ericsson was using “strong arm” tactics in negotiations.