U.S. jury finds Huawei infringed on 4G LTE patents; company fined $10.5 million
According to a publication focused on intellectual property, Huawei has been ordered to pay $10.5 million by a U.S. jury for infringing on 4G LTE patents. The damages will be paid to PanOptis, the company that took Huawei to court for illegally using five standard-essential patents without licensing them. Such patents are those that cover inventions that are essential to a particular product, in this case, 4G LTE handsets. As a result, these patents are supposed to be offered on terms that are fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND).
Last Monday, the jury hearing the case ruled that Huawei had willingly infringed on all five U.S. patents (7,769,238; 6,604,216; 7,940,851; 8,385,284 and 8,208,569). The suit was originally filed in October 2017.