UK – Optis v. Apple / FRAND judgment

Posted: June 20th, 2023

Optis v. Apple / FRAND judgment, 10 May 2023, Mr Justice Smith, Case No. [2023] EWHC 1095 (Ch) The judgment relates to “Trial E” – the “FRAND” trial and follows technical trials A-D concerned with questions of validity and/or essentiality in respect of certain patents. There are three particularly important themes arising from the judgment. […]


EU – Dutch Government issues statement on draft SEP proposal

Posted: June 7th, 2023

The Dutch government has issued its statement on the current draft SEP proposal proposed by the Commission on 27 April 2023: “The government acknowledges the importance of a well-functioning system of SEPs. The proposal is a far-reaching package to adapt the framework for SEPs and licensing under FRAND conditions. The government is not unwilling to […]


NL – Orope v. Nokia

Posted: September 27th, 2022

Orope Germany GmbH v. Nokia Solutions and Networks OY, joint cases, District Court The Hague, The Netherlands, 7 September 2022, Case No. ECLI:NL:RBDHA:2022:9193 Nokia is the holder of the European patent EP 2 981 103, relating to ‘Allocation of preamble sequences’ (‘EP 103’) as well as the European patent EP 3 220 562 relating to […]


NL – Synthon v. Teva / Appeal

Posted: August 30th, 2022

Synthon B.V. and Synthon S.R.O. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals Europe B.V., Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Court of Appeal Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 23 August 2022, Case no. ECLI:NL:GHAMS:2022:2417 Competence of the Dutch Court regarding alleged unlawful enforcement of patents outside the Netherlands. Court of Appeal defers further decisions  pending the decision of the European Commission following an […]


BE – Tunstall v. Télé-Secours and Victrix Socsan / forced licence

Posted: August 22nd, 2022

Tunstall Group Holdings Limited, Tunstall Group Limited, Tunstal SA v. Victrix Socsan and Télé-Secours, French-speaking Enterprise Court of Brussels, Belgium, 26 July 2022, Case no. A/21/01929  Health solutions provider Tunstall holds EP 2 160 038 B2, a patent relating to tone signaling and more specifically to a method of encoding dual-tone multi-frequency (DTMF) digital elements […]


UK – Optis Cellular v. Apple Retail

Posted: October 7th, 2021

Optis Cellular v Apple Retail [2021] EWHC 2564 (Pat) In a lengthy and complex decision reaching over 80 pages, Mr Justice Meade has given judgment in the latest in a series of trials in the UK’s Patents Court between the claimants (“Optis”) and defendants (“Apple”) concerning Optis’ standard essential patents (SEPs) and the FRAND obligations […]


UK – Optis Cellular Technology and others v. Apple

Posted: July 26th, 2021

Optis Cellular Technology LLC and others v Apple Retail UK Limited and others, High Court of England & Wales, 25 June 2021, London, [2021] EWHC 1739 (Pat) On 25 June 2021 Meade J handed down his decision in the second of a series of trials listed as part of the ongoing Optis v Apple UK […]


DE – Unreasonable counter-offer in FRAND negotiations

Posted: July 20th, 2021

Mannheim District Court, judgment dated March 2, 2021 – docket no. 2 O 131/19 With its judgment dated March 2, 2021, docket no. 2 O 131/19, the Mannheim District Court applies decisions “FRAND-Einwand” (judgment dated May 5, 2020, KZR 36/17, GRUR 2020, 961) and “FRAND-Einwand II” (judgment dated November 26, 2020, KZR 35/17, GRUR 2021, […]


UK – Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 v Huawei Technologies

Posted: July 16th, 2021

Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 v Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd & Ors [2021] EWHC 1261 (Pat) (14 May 2021) In this Patents Court judgment deputy High Court Judge Mr Nicholas Caddick Q.C. set aside the Order of Chief Master Marsh insofar as he permitted alternative service on two of the defendants, Huawei Technologies Co. Limited […]