Ericsson IP Chief Testifies TCL License Terms Were Fair

Law360, Santa Ana, California (February 28, 2017, 10:48 PM EST) -- Ericsson Inc.'s head of intellectual property testified Tuesday in a California federal bench trial over whether it offered Chinese cellphone developer TCL fair license terms, defending Ericsson's proposal that TCL pay a flat rate on its low-priced phones rather than the percentage royalty it publicly advocated for premium-priced phone makers.

The bench trial before U.S. District Judge James Selna is the result of a lawsuit filed by TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd. against Ericsson in 2014, alleging the telecommunications giant is "attempting to exploit its market position to demand unreasonably high and discriminatory licensing fees from TCL." To compel it to...

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