WILMINGTON, DE — InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDCC) announced a judgment from the UK’s High Court that Lenovo has infringed one of the company’s patents and that the patent-in-suit is valid and essential to the 4G LTE standard. InterDigital initiated legal proceedings against Lenovo in the United Kingdom and in US district court in 2019 after it became clear Lenovo would not willingly agree to pay for a license to InterDigital’s wireless patent portfolio.
“This decision serves as further proof of the strength of InterDigital’s R&D in key technologies and of our patent portfolio overall,” said Richard Gulino, Chief Legal Officer, InterDigital. “While we remain committed to licensing our patents through amicable negotiation and believe that is always more beneficial to both parties, we will not hesitate to use litigation in response to hold-out behavior in order to obtain a fair return on our significant R&D investments.”
This decision is the first from five technical trials that are scheduled to proceed before the UK High Court with an additional trial to establish fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing terms scheduled for January 2022.
Approximately 80 companies including Apple, Huawei, Samsung and Sharp have taken licenses to InterDigital’s extensive portfolio of patented innovations in wireless and video technologies, which have resulted in more than 700 million licensed devices sold last year and over six billion licensed devices sold within the past decade.
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