The UK Court of Appeal overturns a UK Patents Court decision and allows competition law arguments in a FRAND dispute in relation to Standard Essential Patents (Unwired Planet / Huawei / Samsung / Ericsson)

Court of Appeal reinstates Samsung’s case on non-discrimination and FRAND* On Friday 27 May, the Court of Appeal handed down an important judgment on the interplay between competition law and the licensing of essential patents. This is part of a landmark patent infringement case where Unwired Planet, a “patent assertion entity” that has acquired from Ericsson certain “standard essential patents” (“SEPS”) used in smartphones and network equipment, has sued Samsung, Google and Huawei for infringing the SEPS (Google has largely settled out). Ericsson continues to derive licensing income from the patent assertion entity, on

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  • Monckton Chambers (London)
  • Monckton Chambers (London)
  • Monckton Chambers (London)
  • Monckton Chambers (London)

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Jon Turner, James Bourke, Meredith Pickford, Laura Elizabeth John, The UK Court of Appeal overturns a UK Patents Court decision and allows competition law arguments in a FRAND dispute in relation to Standard Essential Patents (Unwired Planet / Huawei / Samsung / Ericsson), 27 mai 2016, e-Competitions May 2016, Art. N° 81684

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