TCL Communications v. Ericsson

Published: December 21, 2017

On December 21, 2017, Judge James Selna of the Central District of California issued a highly anticipated decision in the TCL Communications v. Ericsson case, which addresses the ambiguity surrounding the calculation of fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) royalty rates for standard-essential patents (SEPs). Despite several rulings in international courts and in the Eastern District of Texas, Judge Selna issued a precedent-setting decision that implements a “top-down” approach to calculating royalty rates for SEPs […]


Unwired Planet v. Huawei: FRAND Injunction

On June 7, 2017, Judge Birss of the United Kingdom High Court of Justice (the Court) enforced its injunction against Huawei. Initially, the Court imposed the injunction because it ruled that Huawei did not seek a license for Unwired Planet’s standard essential patents under fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. The ruling at bar is an outgrowth of Judge Birss’s 163-page opinion describing Huawei’s violations in extraordinary detail.

In the instant action, Huawei attempted to proffer a […]


Unwired Planet International v. Huawei Technologies

Published: 4/5/17

In 2014, Unwired Planet asserted infringement claims against Google, Samsung, and Huawei over six UK patents that Unwired Planet obtained from Ericsson (note: Google and Samsung since settled, leaving only Huawei to fight the case). The patent portfolio at issue concerns five patents essential to the 2G, 3G, and 4G wireless telecommunications standards developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

Huawei denied infringement and essentiality, and also contended the patents were invalid, counterclaiming for revocation. Huawei […]