Apple and Ericsson have settled litigation over patent royalties that have been ongoing since 2015.
Apple considered Ericsson’s pricing policy unfair, and the second company complained about misusing its developments.
According to Reuters, the companies agreed on everything and entered into a new multi-year agreement. They will be able to use each other’s patents related to 2G, 3G, and 4G networks and will develop common standards for future technologies.
Apple’s purchase of Intel’s modem business likely influenced the lawsuit’s settlement, as the company has patents that may interest Ericsson.
Do not forget about Apple’s modems, which the company has been developing for several years and constantly delaying the release. Probably, Ericsson patents are also needed by Apple, hence the “global” one.