Huawei faces large bill fol­low­ing loss of 4G li­cens­ing case

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Technology Intelligen­ce - By Matthew Field

HUAWEI has lost a land­mark Supreme Court case over its use of 4G tech­nol­ogy in mo­bile phones that has forced it to shell out tens of mil­lions of pounds for li­cences.

Bri­tain’s Supreme Court ruled yes­ter­day that Huawei and fel­low Chi­nese smart­phone maker ZTE must pay li­cence fees for the use of 4G tech­nol­ogy patents.

Un­wired Planet, a US com­pany that charges for tech­nol­ogy li­cences, had chal­lenged Huawei’s use of “stan­dard es­sen­tial patents” it owned that had been ac­quired from tele­coms busi­ness Eric­s­son. Huawei and ZTE were also chal­lenged by Con­ver­sant, an­other patent holder.

Un­wired Planet de­manded Huawei pay li­cences glob­ally for its use of the tech­nol­ogy and asked for an in­junc­tion on sales if it re­fused. The Supreme Court found that Un­wired Planet’s claims should be en­forced across Huawei’s world­wide sales.

That find­ing leaves Huawei li­able to pay 5p in ev­ery £100 to Un­wired Planet on phones it sells.

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