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2015-12-22

Ericsson: Ericsson and Apple sign global patent license agreement, settle litigation

* Agreement includes a global cross license for patented standard-essential
technologies and grants certain other patent rights.
* The settlement ends all ongoing patent-infringement claims between the
parties. The terms of the agreement are confidential.
* Companies will collaborate in multiple technology areas, including 5G
development, video network traffic management, and wireless network
optimization
* Including positive effects from the settlement, and including the ongoing
IPR business with all other licensees, Ericsson estimates full year 2015
IPR revenues will amount to SEK 13-14 b.

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Apple have agreed on a global patent license
agreement between the two companies. The agreement includes a cross license
that covers patents relating to both companies' standard-essential patents
(including the GSM, UMTS and LTE cellular standards), and grants certain
other patent rights. In addition, the agreement includes releases that
resolve all pending patent-infringement litigation between the companies.

As part of the seven-year agreement, Apple will make an initial payment to
Ericsson and, thereafter, will pay on-going royalties. The specific terms of
the contract are confidential.

Including positive effects from the settlement, and including the ongoing IPR
business with all other licensees, Ericsson estimates full year 2015 IPR
revenues will amount to SEK 13-14 b.

This agreement ends investigations before the U.S. International Trade
Commission, lawsuits pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern
District of Texas and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
California, as well as lawsuits in the United Kingdom, Germany and the
Netherlands.

In addition, the companies will collaborate in multiple technology areas,
including the development of the next generation 5G cellular standards, the
optimization of existing wireless networks for the benefit of operators and
users worldwide, and video traffic optimization.

"We are pleased with this new agreement with Apple, which clears the way for
both companies to continue to focus on bringing new technology to the global
market, and opens up for more joint business opportunities in the future,"
said Kasim Alfalahi, Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Ericsson.

NOTES TO EDITORS

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Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in
communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with
every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society
to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.

Our services, software and infrastructure - especially in mobility, broadband
and the cloud
- are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business,
increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new
opportunities.

With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries,
we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support
networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the
world's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments
in research and development ensure that our solutions - and our customers -
stay in front.

Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales
in 2014 were SEK 228.0 billion (USD 33.1 billion). Ericsson is listed on
NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.

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Ericsson discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities
Markets Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was
submitted for publication on December 21, 2015, at 08:00 CET.

Ericsson and Apple sign global patent license agreement
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