Ericsson claims Apple has infringed on 41 of the more than 35,000 patents it holds.
The patents cover the design of user interfaces, semiconductor components, location services, operating systems and more, Ericsson said.
"Apple's products benefit from the technology invented and patented by Ericsson's engineers. Features that consumers now take for granted—like being able to live stream television shows or access their favorite apps from their phone—rely on the technology we have developed," said Kasim Alfalahi, chief intellectual property officer at Ericsson, in a statement on the company's website.
"We are committed to sharing our innovations and have acted in good faith to find a fair solution. Apple currently uses our technology without a license and therefore we are seeking help from the court and the [U.S. International Trade Commission]." Alfalahi said.