Qualcomm-Nokia Group won the dismissal of the Auto Supplier lawsuit

13. 09. 2020 Sunday / By: Robert Denes / Business / Exact time: BST / Print this page

You may have read before that Nokia has filed a lawsuit against the unauthorized use of Nokia's mobile phone technology in cars connected to Daimler. The case was part of a group of closely watched lawsuits in the U.S. and Europe that confronted Daimler and its component manufacturers against the telecommunications industry. Read on for the article!

Continental AG, a manufacturer of car control units for Daimler AG, cannot bring antitrust claims against a group of patent holders, including Qualcomm Inc., which is claiming royalties for telecommunications technologies.

The set of licenses created by Avanci LLC, Qualcomm, Nokia Corporation, Sharp Corp. and other holders of technology standard patents does not violate antitrust laws when negotiating licensing agreements with automakers, not component manufacturers, District Court Judge Barbara Lynn said on Friday. dismissed the action in its decision.

The licensing team will charge $ 15 per vehicle to use the patented technology, which is key to the industry standard for 4G telecommunications, and set a price for 5G, the next generation of wireless technology that promises to change everything from driverless cars to robotic surgery.

Companies that develop standardized technology for electronics to work together agree to license the relevant patents on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms under the name Frand. This is a term that has never been defined, although Continental has argued that Avanci’s licensing plan is not fair and unreasonable.

Automakers have traditionally handled patent licensing issues with their component manufacturers and indemnified the automaker from the infringement lawsuit. Continental, a manufacturer of telematics control units for Daimler vehicles, argued that the $ 15 fee exceeded the profit from the $ 100 share sold...read more


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