Vringo Hits ZTE with Patent Lawsuit
Vringo today filed a lawsuit against ZTE's operations in the U.K., alleging that the Chinese telecom equipment and handset maker is violating its patents. Vringo makes and markets a product called Facetones for smartphone platforms, but also recently acquired 500 mobile technology patents from Nokia. It is some of these 500 patents, many of which have been deemed standard essential, that Vringo alleges ZTE of violating. "ZTE has elected not to take a license to patents in Vringo's portfolio relevant to certain international standards, despite manufacturing and selling devices and equipment for a number of years that are said by ZTE to be compliant with those standards," said Vringo. Vringo called this lawsuit a first step in its "global licensing and enforcement program."
Microsoft Accuses InterDigital of Antitrust Behavior
Microsoft has filed an antitrust lawsuit against InterDigital, a patent-licensing firm, for charging exorbitant rates to license standard-essential patents. The two companies have been embroiled in patent litigation for years.
Nokia and ZTE Cleared In InterDigital Patent Case
A court today said Nokia and ZTE did not violate patents held by InterDigital, a patent licensing firm. InterDigital had filed a case against the two phone makers with the International Trade Commission.
Google Makes LTE Patents Available Through Via Licensing
Via Licensing today said that Google has added its LTE patents to its broader pool of LTE patents. Via Licensing collects wireless patents from a broad range of companies with the intent of licensing them at fair and reasonable rates.
InterDigital's ITC Case Against ZTE Fails
The U.S. ITC today cleared ZTE of violating a phone-related patent held by InterDigital.