NL – Sisvel v. Xiaomi

Posted: November 12th, 2020

Sisvel International S.A. v. Xiaomi Corporation et al. District Court The Hague, 4 November 2020, Case no. ECLI:NL:RBDHA:2020:11108

The Sisvel group controls an extensive patent portfolio in the field of wireless communications. Sisvel accuses Xiaomi of
infringing on one of the managed (LTE standard essential) patents, namely EP 272, by trading in mobile phones that are compatible with said standard. Xiaomi states that because of the differences between the network achitecture of EP 272 and that of the LTE-standard, it can not be stated that Xiaomi infringes by trading mobile devices compatible with the LTE standard.

The Court agrees and rules that Xiaomi’s devices do not infringe.

A copy of the judgment (in Dutch) can be read here.

One Response

  1. Attentive Observer says:

    The patent trolls à la Sisvel, Conversant and Co are becoming a nuisance in Europe like in the US.

    In general those trolls attack large companies.
    And they (too) often find courts which are manifestly pro-patentee, especially in Germany.

    But just think about the damages they could create when attacking SMEs, and with on top the UPC! I prefer not to think about it, but it is becoming a real problem.

    The whole system of administrating SEPs should be reviewed and not left in the hands of trolls.

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