Nokia, Others Tell 5th Circ. SEP Row Is Contract Issue

By Matthew Perlman (April 21, 2021, 8:39 PM EDT) -- Nokia and other technology companies have told the Fifth Circuit that a German auto component supplier's claim that they monopolize a pool of standard-essential patents is really just a contract dispute "dressed in antitrust clothing."

Nokia, Sharp and others that provide licenses for standard-essential patents, or SEPs, through the licensing entity Avanci LLC filed their brief with the Fifth Circuit on Monday urging the court to uphold a September ruling dismissing the case brought by Continental Automotive Systems Inc.

A Texas federal court found Continental's claim that the tech companies are refusing to license a pool of patents on fair terms...

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