Apple calls the ban on iPhone sales in Colombia a
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Apple calls the ban on iPhone sales in Colombia a violation of human rights

Apple and Ericsson are continuing a lawsuit in which a telecoms equipment maker has accused a US company of illegally using patented technologies, including those related to 5G. This week, Ericsson managed to ban the sale of iPhone and iPad in Colombia. In response, Apple filed an urgent motion with the court, despite a US judge previously warning the company against abusing the justice system.

    Image source: 9to5Mac

Image source: 9to5Mac

The crux of the matter is that the new iPhones and iPads use Ericsson-patented communications technology. The Swedish company has repeatedly accused Apple of unfair practices to avoid paying license fees for the use of various technologies, including those related to 5G. Most recently, Ericsson filed two lawsuits on the matter in the state of Texas earlier this year.

Ericsson was successful in Colombia this week, where a local court ordered a halt to all iPhone sales in the country and asked Apple to notify its suppliers. In response, Apple filed a summary motion in the Eastern District of Texas court seeking damages from Ericsson in Colombia. The source notes that the Texas judge denied Apple’s request, citing the company for abusing the emergency procedure in cases where it didn’t.

The judge ruled that Apple’s losses were not “inevitable, irreparable damage”caused as a result of law enforcement actions in other jurisdictions. It seems that Apple needs to sit down at the negotiating table with Ericsson. The case of the Swedish company’s illegal use of patented technologies will be heard in a Texas court in December this year, and the parties must begin official arbitration by September at the latest.

Under the rules, Apple should have made a regular application, not an emergency. “Urgent requests are made only in genuine emergencies and should not be used as a means of expediting filings and court hearings.”, the Texas court said in a statement. In addition, the judge threatened Apple with penalties for repeated violations of established procedures.

Curiously, the Texas court’s collapse hasn’t convinced Apple, and the company is now seeking to overturn an injunction against the sale of the iPhone and iPad in Colombia itself. Apple reportedly accused Ericsson, the Swedish company’s lawyers, and the Colombian court that issued the ban of violating basic human rights. In its statement, the American company even refers to the eighth article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. So far, however, these measures have not helped to get the court decision overturned, banning the sale of iPhone and iPad in the country.

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