U.S. News | InterDigital Sues Lenovo over SEPs after Decade of Failed Negotiations

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A research company, InterDigital has filed a lawsuit in the English High Court and in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware against Lenovo, the Chinese owner of the Motorola brand for infringing a number of its Standard-Essential Patents (SEPs) in telecommunications.

The lawsuit is following a decade of failed negotiations between both parties regarding the alleged infringement of InterDigital asserted four European patents related to 4G and wireless communications with patent numbers 2363008, 2557714, 2485558, 2421318.

According to the lawsuit, InterDigital claimed that InterDigital and Lenovo did not reach an agreement to a negotiated license on FRAND terms and conditions in compliance with its FRAND obligations as a member of the European Technological Standards Institute (ETSI).

William Merritt, InterDigital president and CEO reportedly said that the company had chosen the English High Court as it had a history of examining standard-essential patent issues and he strongly believe a speedy resolution and a fair licence.

The plaintiff reportedly said that they have made sufficient move to negotiate a worldwide FRAND licence with Lenovo and had also agreed to arbitration as an alternative to litigation.

InterDigital is seeking that the U.S. court issue a declaration that it had complied with its FRAND obligations as well as compensatory damages for infringement of its patents.

The case is ongoing.

InterDigital Technology Corporation et al v. Lenovo Holding Co. Inc. et al

Court:Delaware District Court
Case #:1:19-cv-01590
Nature of Suit:Patent
Cause:Patent Infringement
Case Filed: August 28, 2019
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