U.S. District Judge James Selna of the Central District of California has concluded a mammoth trial over FRAND royalties by more than halving the rates Swedish telecom Ericsson was seeking from China’s TCL Communication, the world’s seventh largest smartphone maker.
Selna’s 115-page opinion follows a February bench trial that was monitored by prominent IP lawyers with clients in the wireless industry. Along with saving TCL tens of millions in royalties, TCL v. Ericsson also represents the first time a U.S. judge has set a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) royalty rate on an entire portfolio of standard-essential patents (SEPs).
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