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Apple ends 15 years of LTE patent disputes with WiLAN

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From the launch of the original iPhone, Apple and non-practicing entity WiLAN have been engaged in multiple suits and countersuits regarding patent infringement.  

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Most recently, a 2020 ruling saw Apple being ordered to pay $109 million to the patent aggregator. 

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According to Reuters, however, the two firms have now signed a patent licensing agreement which appears to settle all disputes.  

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WiLAN is a subsidiary of Quarterhill Inc, and itself has a subsidiary named Polaris Innovations. 

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Quarterhill says that the new agreement includes "the settlement and dismissal of all litigation pending between WiLAN and Polaris and Apple in the United States, Canada and Germany." 

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At times, Apple has won certain of the lawsuits, such as in 2013 when a two-year trial ended with a jury deciding against WiLAN.  

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