The English High Court delivers judgment in FRAND royalty case (Unwired Planet/Huawei)

On 5 April 2017, Justice Birss of the English High Court of Justice issued a judgment in a license dispute involving Standard Essential Patents (“SEPs”) opposing Unwired Planet, a US based patent assertion entity, against Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company. Unwired Planet sued Huawei for infringement of a number of UK patents, which it had acquired from Ericsson as part of a portfolio comprising about 2,000 patents, and which were considered as essential to the 2G, 3G and 4G wireless telecommunications standards developed under the auspices of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (“ETSI”). As Ericsson had participated in the development of the standards under ETSI, any SEP patent acquired from it would be encumbered by Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory

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Peter L'Ecluse, The English High Court delivers judgment in FRAND royalty case (Unwired Planet/Huawei), 5 April 2017, e-Competitions Bulletin April 2017, Art. N° 84310

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