5G iPhones banned in Columbia: A court in Columbia has ruled in favor of Ericsson against Apple over the 5G patent dispute. The ruling went as far as to ban Apple from importing, selling, and advertising any of its 5G iPhones and iPads in the country.
This ban comes into effect as a court in Bogotá ruled that the use of 5G in the iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and other 5 G-enabled iPads infringe on a patent held by Ericsson relating to 5G technology.
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A report from Foss Patents reads in part:
Less than six months after the current wave of Ericsson v. Apple patent infringement actions started, the first sales and import ban is already being enforced:
Apple is currently unable to sell 5G iPhones and iPads in Colombia, or import them into the South American country
Although Apple has appealed the order, right now Apple is banned from “the import, sale, commercialization, and advertisement of products infringing that patent” the other also requires Apple to “warn and communicate” to local shops, retailers, owners of social media platforms, mass media, and e-commerce platforms to stop sales and advertisement of these products.
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Another blow to Apple is that the company was barred from seeking an antisuit injunction to stop Ericsson from enforcing the ruling.
Apple and Ericsson could not reach an agreement to license 3G and 4G tech since last year. And it seems Apple needs a patent from Ericsson in order to make the connectivity work on its devices, hence why Ericsson is filing numerous lawsuits against the company. This explains why Ericsson is filing numerous lawsuits against Apple.
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Right now, we don’t know if Ericsson will get similar victories in other countries. If it does, this could be a big blow to Apple and might force the company to reach an agreement with Ericsson.