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Ericsson and Samsung have reached a multi-year agreement on global patent licenses between the two companies, including patents relating to all cellular technologies. The cross-license agreement covers sales of network infrastructure and handsets from January 1, 2021.
Nokia 5G
Nokia has been ranked as number one in 5G patents by an independent third party. In its study on Standard Essential Patents (published April 2021), independent analyst firm PA Consulting concluded that Nokia is number one for ownership of granted patents that the researchers found essential to 5G standards.
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MobileIron has agreed to drop both patent infringement and extortion claims it levelled against BlackBerry. In a four page joint filing, BlackBerry and MobileIron asked Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero to end MobileIron's case, which it filed against BlackBerry in April.
BlackBerry
BlackBerry has hired Brian Yearwood as a new director of licensing. Yearwood will be responsible for patent licensing matters and the settlement of patent litigation through licensing. He will provide business/financial advice and preliminary damages analysis for patent litigation matters– delivered to the litigation team and plaintiff/client and work with external damages experts to prepare damages report for litigation matters.
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The UK Supreme Court today unanimously dismissed appeals by China’s Huawei and ZTE in patent disputes over mobile data technology with Unwired Planet International and Conversant Wireless. It is the first time that a UK court has issued a decision on what constitutes a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) commitment to licence standard-essential patents (SEPs).
Huawei
Huawei has filed a patent for smartphones with an under-display selfie camera. The tech giant filed two patents back in 2019 that has finally been published by the CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Office).