The UK’s Supreme Court today ruled against Huawei as it appealed to be given the rights to use standards-essential patents (SEP) owned by Unwired Planet without agreeing a worldwide licence and royalties.
As their name suggests, SEPs are common technology patents, with their corresponding technology integral to the current global standards. As a result, any mobile device, for example, will naturally be forced to include patented technologies from a variety of users.
Of course, to use these mandatory SEP technologies vendors will have to pay licence fees to the patent holder…
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