The UK High Court of Justice issues an injunction prohibiting an undertaking from selling wireless telecommunications products in Britain due to its failure to enter into a worldwide patent license (Unwired Planet / Huawei)

“Between a Rock and a Hard Place”: Unwired Planet v. Huawei and the Dangerous Implications of Worldwide FRAND Licenses I. Introduction The United Kingdom High Court of Justice (Patents) recently issued an injunction prohibiting Huawei from selling wireless telecommunications products in Britain. That injunction was issued due to Huawei’s failure to enter into a patent license for Unwired Planet’s worldwide portfolio of standard-essential patents (SEPs), even though Huawei was willing to enter into a license for Unwired Planet’s United Kingdom (UK) SEPs. [1] The ruling followed the court’s earlier decision [2] that Unwired Planet did not violate European Union (EU) competition law by seeking an injunction for infringement of its UK SEPs, even though those SEPs were subject to a commitment

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  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Washington)
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Washington)
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (London)

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Matthew G. Rose, Jay Jurata, Emily Luken, The UK High Court of Justice issues an injunction prohibiting an undertaking from selling wireless telecommunications products in Britain due to its failure to enter into a worldwide patent license (Unwired Planet / Huawei), 7 June 2017, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2017, Art. N° 84684

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