The UK Supreme Court rules in a licence dispute between a software and a telecommunication company and clarifies the English Courts’ approach to FRAND royalty cases (Unwired Planet / Huawei)

On 26 August 2020, the UK Supreme Court issued a judgment in a licence dispute involving Standard Essential Patents (“SEPs”) pitting Unwired Planet, a US based patent assertion entity, against Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company that produces smartphones. Unwired Planet brought an action against 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”). The patents were encumbered by Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (“FRAND”) commitments to ETSI. On 5 April 2017, Mr Justice Birss of the English High

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Steve Ross, The UK Supreme Court rules in a licence dispute between a software and a telecommunication company and clarifies the English Courts’ approach to FRAND royalty cases (Unwired Planet / Huawei), 26 août 2020, e-Competitions August 2020, Art. N° 96615

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