Apple, fires back at Ericsson, calls for import ban

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Apple has fired back in a patent fight with Ericsson, countersuing the vendor and pressing the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban imports of Ericsson’s mobile infrastructure equipment.

The iPhone maker claims Ericsson’s mmWave antenna radios and baseband units infringe its patents, but noted any equipment the vendor manufactures in the US would not be impacted if the ITC backs its request.

Ericsson turned the screw earlier this week when it initiated fresh legal action covering a total of 12 5G patents. The vendor reportedly also sought an ITC ban, covering imports of iPhones.

Apple asserts excluding Ericsson base stations from the US would not have a “significant adverse affect” on competitive conditions in the country, noting mmWave equipment is also available from Nokia and Samsung.

The US company offered to drop its actions if Ericsson did the same.

Investment bank Raymond James and Associates estimated Apple’s patent payments to Ericsson at around $200 million to $300 million per year.

The bank’s MD Simon Leopold predicted the pair would ultimately settle their dispute and Apple would resume patent license payments.

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