Even Apple's and Tesla's amicus briefs didn't help: Continental, which is generally known for making tires but also in the telematics control unit (TCU) business, just suffered a defeat in an appeals court that has intercontinental implications for the car industry's debate over the appropriate licensing level(s) of standard-essential patents (SEPs). On Monday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit handed down its Continental v. Avanci et al. opinion following an early October hearing. As opposed to 'Conti' getting the dismissal of its case against the Avanci patent pool and some of its key members (most famously Nokia) reversed, or at least a chance to amend its complaint once again, the automotive supplier is actually in a worse position now than before the
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