Huawei faces large bill following loss of 4G licensing case
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.