The parties involved in this technology patent right dispute heard at the UK High Court were US based Unwired Planet (purchased patents developed by others) and China-based Huawei Technologies Co. (manufactures phones & communications equipment).

The judge rejected both parties’ offer on patent licensing fees and instead provided a formula for the fees mobile phone manufacturers should pay to use patented technology essential to make mobile networks function.  This is the first time the courts have offered guidance on how the two sides should work out licensing agreements.

This ruling helps clarify how patents are handled in the telecoms industry between the companies that make mobile phones and those who own the patents for the technology that makes it possible for the handsets to communicate with each other.