Nokia Escapes Antitrust Suit Over Cellphone Tech Patent Pool

Law360 (September 14, 2020, 6:25 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal court has tossed a suit from a German auto component supplier accusing Nokia Corp. and others of violating antitrust law through their licensing practices for a pool of standard-essential patents covering cellular technology.

Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn on Thursday dismissed a suit from Continental Automotive Systems that targeted Nokia, Sharp Corp. and other technology firms that license SEPs through the licensing entity Avanci LLC.

The complaint included a claim for monopolization under Section 2 of the Sherman Act, contending the companies abused the monopoly power arising from the standard-setting process to exclude certain users of...

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