Lenovo ordered to pay $140M for InterDigital patents • The Register

Lenovo should pay US patent holder InterDigital $138.7 million to settle a years-long licensing dispute for the usage of applied sciences deemed important to 3G, 4G, and 5G communications.
The choice, handed down by London Excessive Court docket Decide James Mellor Thursday, mandating the Chinese language OEM pay InterDigital a lump sum for all previous and future gadget gross sales by way of the tip of the yr, was seen by Lenovo execs as a victory.
“Lenovo thanks the court docket for its judgment in InterDigital v. Lenovo. We see this as a serious win for the expertise trade and the purchasers we serve,” John Mulgrew, VP and deputy basic counsel at Lenovo, declared in a press release.

That looks as if an odd response from somebody that is been ordered to shell out a big chunk of money, however InterDigital had hoped to extract a good bigger sum – to the tune of $337 million – from Lenovo for a six-year license. Nonetheless, as Mellor concluded, earlier makes an attempt by each events to settle hadn’t been topic to truthful, cheap, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) guidelines.

As a result of the patents in query are important to mobile communication as we all know it, they’re topic to FRAND, which require IP holders to license the expertise at a good price. And that is exactly what Lenovo alleged that InterDigital did not do.
“Based mostly on the result from my comparables evaluation, I discover that neither InterDigital’s 5G prolonged supply nor Lenovo’s lump sum supply have been FRAND or inside the FRAND vary,” Mellor wrote in his judgment.

The choice marks the tip of the sixth trial between InterDigital and Lenovo. In keeping with court docket paperwork, the primary 5 of those trials have been technical in nature, whereas the latest targeted totally on truthful licensing phrases.
This trial might have ended, however, the authorized spat will not be over so quickly. InterDigital’s chief authorized officer, Josh Schmidt, welcomed the court docket’s choice, calling it the “first main SEP FRAND judgment that acknowledges {that a} licensee ought to pay in full.” However welcoming the choice and agreeing with all of Decide Mellor’s conclusions are two totally various things, it appears.

“We plan to attraction, as we imagine that sure features of the choice don’t precisely replicate our licensing program,” Schmidt introduced in a press release.
If all of this sounds surprisingly acquainted, it is as a result of InterDigital has been on the coronary heart of nicely greater than its share of patent lawsuits – lots of which we have lined over time. They embrace quite a few notable instances involving Nokia and its then proprietor Microsoft, Huawei, Samsung, and others. ®