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Ericsson and Apple have agreed to conclude a long-lasting patent dispute. In addition to shaking hands, the organizations announced closer cooperation.

The now-resolved dispute started in 2015 and involved patents for 5G technology.

Years ago, Ericsson permitted Apple to use its 5G patents to manufacture devices, including iPhones. After the contract expired, renewal negotiations amounted to nothing and led to several lawsuits.

In Ericsson’s latest suite, filed earlier this year, the network provider accused Apple of continuing to use patents past the contract’s expiry.

New agreement

With the conflict resolved, the two have agreed to a new cooperation involving global patent licensing. Ericsson will support Apple with cross-licensed 5G standards and other patent rights.

In addition, the partners plan to collaborate in the areas of tech, interoperability and standards development.

Tip: Ericsson sues Apple for infringing upon multiple 5G patents