Ericsson and Chinese smartphone maker TCL will sort out their dispute over licensing rates for TCL's standard-essential wireless patents at trial, after a California federal judge said the Federal Circuit's remand of the case "unraveled" his entire judgment.
A California federal judge added to case law on standard-essential patents late last month by holding that Ericsson did not offer to license its patents on reasonable terms, then becoming only the fourth U.S. judge to determine a royalty rate for essential patents. Here are four takeaways from the decision.
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.
A California federal judge overseeing the second day of a bench trial on whether Ericsson Inc. offered Chinese mobile phone developer TCL nondiscriminatory license terms for wireless technology standard-essential patents took the reins Wednesday in questioning TCL's economics expert, pressing the witness on how to compare terms granted to other companies.
A California federal judge has ruled that some of the license terms Ericsson Inc. offered a Chinese mobile phone developer for standard-essential patents for wireless technology were fair and reasonable, narrowing the developer's claims in its suit alleging Ericsson overcharged it.
A California federal judge refused Thursday to find that Ericsson Inc. charged a Chinese mobile phone developer an excessive rate for standard-essential patents for wireless technology, saying it would be unfair to apply an arbitration decision issued in a licensing dispute between Ericsson and another company.
A California federal judge declined to sanction Ericsson for refusing to disclose third parties' proprietary information in a patent license suit with a Chinese company, saying in a Monday order the company was not obligated to turn them over and saying the withholding was benign.
A California federal court heard arguments Tuesday on TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd.'s motion for sanctions against Ericsson Inc., which TCL accuses of willfully violating trial procedures by destroying evidence relevant to a suit over standard-essential patent licenses.
Ericsson shot back at a sanctions bid from TCL Communication Technology accusing the telecom of destroying documents relevant to a suit over standard-essential patent licenses, telling a California federal court Tuesday that the documents had to be scrapped under a protective order from previous litigation.
TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd. asked a California district court Thursday to impose sanctions against its rival Ericsson Inc. for destroying documents it says are relevant to it its lawsuit accusing the Swedish telecommunications company of demanding unreasonably high, discriminatory licensing fees for its standard-essential patents.