The UK Supreme Court confirms that English courts may set the terms of global licences to portfolios of standard essential patents (Unwired Planet / Huawei)

English courts given green light to set terms of global FRAND licences* On 26 August 2020, the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) gave its eagerly awaited judgment in Unwired Planet v Huawei and Conversant v Huawei & ZTE. In a unanimous policy-driven decision, the Court dismissed the appeals brought by Huawei and ZTE, confirming that English courts may set the terms of global licences to portfolios of standard essential patents. This article provides a quick recap on the background to the two long-running cases, outlines the UKSC’s main findings, and considers the judgment’s implications for the future of standard essential patent licensing. Background The Unwired and Conversant cases concern UK patents that are declared essential to standards developed by the European Telecommunications

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Pat Treacy, Edwin Bond, The UK Supreme Court confirms that English courts may set the terms of global licences to portfolios of standard essential patents (Unwired Planet / Huawei), 26 August 2020, e-Competitions September 2020, Art. N° 96621

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