Lenovo has been ordered to pay $138.7 million to InterDigital, a US technology company, for proprietary telecommunications technologies at the conclusion of the next stage of lengthy litigation.
In 2019, InterDigital filed a lawsuit against Lenovo over the parameters under which Lenovo had to purchase proprietary technologies related to 3G, 4G, and 5G communications. Five separate lawsuits have been filed concerning the conditions of FRAND licenses to InterDigital's patents.
According to the records, Lenovo and InterDigital's previous demands for $ 337 million for a six-year license do not meet the requirements of the FRAND license. Lenovo was ordered to pay $138.7 million in a lump sum to cover past and future mobile device sales from 2007 until the end of 2023.
Lenovo has described the court's decision as a "significant victory for the technology industry and its customers." InterDigital has said that it intends to appeal because some aspects of the ruling "doesn't reflect" the company's licensing program.
Pinsent Masons experts believe that only the United Kingdom and China are the jurisdictions that intend to establish a general accepted royalty amount based on FRAND on a global scale.
Experts say the industry's primary attention will be on the regulatory process that will take place in the European Union's Unified Patent Court in June. The court will examine whether similar principles will be recognized in the EU.
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