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The US International Trade Commission plans to investigate Apple, following two patent complaints from Ericsson, reports PC World.

It regards Apple’s use of an LTE patent for which it had a licensing agreement with Ericsson, up until earlier this year. When the agreement expired, Apple complained that Ericsson asked for too much money for the patent during re-negotiations and sued Ericsson. Ericsson counter-sued saying Apple infringed on the patents and that it had given the Cupertino-based company a fair price. 

It’s estimated Ericsson offered a licensing deal between $250 million and $750 million per year.

Given the lengthy process of patent courts, companies have been choosing to launch complaints to the ITC in hopes of getting products stopped from importing, and thus being sold, in the US. This is in hopes companies will be forced to settle.

One of Ericsson’s ITC complaints involves “Apple iPhones, iPads, and other cellular-enabled products that use the 2G GSM and 4G LTE telecommunications standards.” The other covers “smartphones, tablet computers, digital media players, and smartwatches.”

If the ITC was to find Apple guilty of infringement, it could bar the iPhone from being sold in the US. The ITC stresses the launch of an investigation isn’t an indication of infringement.

We’ve reached out to Apple for comment.

Source: PC World

  • “It’s estimated Ericsson offered a licensing deal between $250 million and $750 million per year.”

    WTF? So it wasn’t even a % rate they were asking for all this while? Apple is starting to sound like a cheapass hypocrite. Selling their own stuff at outrageous prices, expecting others to sell them stuff cheap, and suing others if they refuse the bribe…

    • So Apple should just pay hundreds of millions since it’s nothing?
      Is that a responsible thing to do to their shareholders?

      Others all have products that sell at the same prices as Apple’s, and none of them are as good. So no, Apple is not selling at outrageous prices.

      • kled23

        Are u serious when u say others sells products that is not as good, 3 years back u would’ve made a point but now its redundant, others are catching on and even exceeding in features that apple might introduce in the near future.

      • “So Apple should just pay hundreds of millions since it’s nothing?”

        Yes they should, or just GTFO and go find another cheaper product to suit their needs. Not start suing the supplier ’cause they refused thei bribe. That’s as asinine as someone suing Apple for selling their new and extremely underwhelming MacBook at a stupidly outrageous price (bit. ly/1CIOOfy).

      • You must be kidding me.
        Ericsson is a supplier?

      • “You must be kidding me.
        Ericsson is a supplier?”

        Duh, of course they are (http://bit. ly/1DnyK4Q). It is their technology, and it is them who are selling/supplying it. What in the world do you think a supplier is? Someone from China?

      • Charging hundreds of millions for standardized technology, with God know how little of it goes to the original inventor.

        You’re right, they are not Chinese suppliers, they are FAR worse than them.

      • “Charging hundreds of millions for standardized technology, with God know how little of it goes to the original inventor.”

        Now playing the asinine bait switch game when it’s got nothing to defend it’s precious Apple’s hypocrite move…pathetic.

      • Saving money is hypocrite? I don’t see you giving all your money away.

      • This doggy clearly lacks English comprehension skills…no wonder.

      • Come on, that’s the best argument you can give? Pretty low.

      • That’s the only argument you deserve you English comprehension lacking doggy. As you clearly can’t comprehend how “Selling their own stuff at outrageous prices, expecting others to sell them stuff cheap, and suing others if they refuse the bribe” is hypocritical…adios.

      • As I have said in my first reply, “Others all have products that sell at the same prices as Apple’s, and none of them are as good. So no, Apple is not selling at outrageous prices.”

        It is your reading that needs improving.

    • SkyFall

      If you want to win the lottery you have to make the money to get the ticket. If Apple wasn’t as big as it is now they would settle with Ericsson. Apple if you think about it always was greedy, from the beginning when they copied Xerox’s tech to when the iPhone was unveiled, Apple made products that aren’t very expensive to make (but are made from premium materials) (minus the Apple Watch Edition, i think) and sold them for a premium price. But into that price they put RnD, RP, etc.. so it makes it kinda justifiable. But the way Apple thinks is hypocritical.

    • They all sell there stuff at high prices why are you only mad at Apple about it? You’re more of a hypocrite then they are.

      • “They all sell there stuff at high prices why are you only mad at Apple about it?”

        ‘Cause Apple is being a hypocrite suing others for doing the same. Won’t expect a mindless follower like you to realize that though.

      • Mindless no, I see whats going on but you only have a problem with Apple doing it. Pretty hypocritical..Since you know so much you should know they aren’t the only one currently. You’re on the outside looking in. You have no idea what actually goes on.

      • “Since you know so much you should know they aren’t the only one currently.”

      • Not dumbed down enough for you eh?

  • @dongiuj

    Sorry, probably a stupid question but if a ban then why just America? Surely it should apply everywhere that uses the tech, no?

  • Oh Ericsson, stop trying to be relevant again…