Welcome to Skilled in the Art. I’m Law.com IP reporter Scott Graham. Sometimes you can listen to an hourslong hearing and not have any idea how a judge is going to rule. Other times, you have the answer in the first 10 seconds. Thursday was one of the latter. Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo was not coy at all about a high-profile FRAND royalty dispute that’s caught the eye of the Justice Department. I’ve got some blow-by-blow below. Plus, a second opinion on Unified Patents’ HEVC royalty study, and some thoughts on two Oil States aftermath cases. As always you can email me your thoughts and follow me on Twitter.


David Steuer, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner

First Round in New FRAND Battle Goes to InterDigital

Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo got right to the point Thursday morning. “I have to say I’m unimpressed with the motion,” is how she kicked off a hearing in San Diego in the latest high-profile dispute over FRAND royalties.

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