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Apple vs Ericsson: 5G iPhones and iPads are banned in Colombia

By Vera Abogados - 08/09/2022

The case began in 2015 and since then Swedish company Ericsson filed several lawsuits globally against Apple regarding the use of patents for 2G, LTE and 5G standards, as well as non-standard patents.

Apple had been paying royalties to Ericsson but stopped doing it after a licensing agreement between the two expired. While negotiations between the companies were underway, Apple continued using Ericsson technology.

Specifically in Colombia, Ericsson filed a lawsuit against Apple for alleged patent infringement of its technologies.

In July 2022, the Juzgado 043 Civil del Circuito de Bogotá stated that Apple's 5G iPhones and iPads effectively infringed claim 13 of Colombian patent NC2019/0003681, granted to Ericsson in 2019 and declared essential to the 5G standard.

As part of its decision, the Court prohibited Apple to sell iPhones and iPads with 5G technology in Colombia or import such products into the country. The U.S. tech giant also must communicate with retailers and other shopping platforms to inform them about the precautionary measures.

While Apple still has the ability to appeal the decision, this does not prevent immediate enforcement of the injunction.

By Vera Abogados - 08/09/2022
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VERA ABOGADOS ASOCIADOS S.A.-, is a Colombian law firm with specialized lawyers, Founded more than 40 years ago, by Jorge E. Vera Vargas, Doctor in Law and Political Sciences of the La Gran Colombia University in Bogota D.C., Colombia. At present, with principal offices in the city of Bogota D.C., and offices in the cities of Cali, Medellin, Barranquilla, at national level, and at an international level in Ecuador and Panama.

The Firm is today a reference in the Andean Community, and it makes part of important international affiliations such as PRAGMA, EEIG. International Network of Law Firm, The International Trademark Association (INTA), Asociación Interamericana de Propiedad Industrial (ASIPI), Associação Brasileira da Propriedade Intelectual (ABPI), and the Chamber of Industrial Property Agents of the Republic of Argentina(CAPIRA).
 
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