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Due To Patent Infringement, iPhone Sales Have Gotten Banned In Columbia and Most Other Countries Are Likely To Follow

Due to the 5G Patent Infringement, many countries are seeing iPhone sales ban in many countries and the first-ever country to impose this ban is Columbia. This ban is exclusively for iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and iPad Pro models that have 5G capacities. Apple is fighting these allegations and denying every legal action that is coming it's way. It has also been accused of double standards by different legal tactics that they have used in the past too.

Ericsson is accusing iPhone manufacturer that it has infringed its patent by using 5G chips in their models. It is because Apple used to pay for those patents but then the contract expired and they have not renewed it ever since. Things became more serious when Apple sued Ericsson last year in December claiming that Ericsson violated FRAND terms. Apple said that Ericsson is charging too many patent fees.

Since this dispute is getting bigger and bigger, and Apple is not renewing its contract, chances are that Ericsson will stop the import of iPhones in one too many countries very soon. Foss Patent was the one to make this prediction and slowly this prediction is coming true, starting from Columbia. The first sale and import ban of Apple are being imposed in Columbia now. This Infringement determination was already done in April and now Apple cannot import and sell 5G iPhones in Columbia. Apple must have to talk with every retailer, social media handles, and other authorities to offer their compliance in Columbia.

Apple cannot even use a tactic called antisuit injunction that will stop its ban in Columbia but now Columbia has given an anti antisuit injunction. By this, Apple cannot even claim an antisuit injunction which will enable Apple to even claim its sales and imports in the country. So now Apple is preparing for another tactic; to apply in the USA and ask Ericsson for the damages that it caused to Apple's revenue in Columbia.

However, this dispute is not a red alarm for Apple because Columbia is not a big market for the company. In the meantime, Apple should try to resolve all these disputes with Ericsson or it can come across a large loss that will be hard to compensate for. Apple's future is now in its own hands.


H/T: 9to5Mac

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