Ericsson Can License IP On Its Terms, Not HTC's, Judge Says

By Bryan Koenig (January 8, 2019, 6:30 PM EST) -- Ericsson isn't automatically required to license its standard-essential patents at the much cheaper component level, a Texas federal judge ruled Monday in a major blow to HTC, which has accused the company of trying to overcharge on royalties to license cellular and wireless network SEPs.

U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap held that under French law governing the general licensing commitment Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson inked with a standard-setting body, there are no explicit requirements to offer HTC Corp., or anyone else, licenses on a cellphone's smallest salable patent-practicing unit, or SSPPU. The ruling could have powerful financial implications, potentially cutting off HTC's...

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