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October 2, 2015

Mobile internet ‘inventor’ starts UK court fight with Samsung, Google

News: Patent battle begins on Monday over mobile internet technology.

By Alexander Sword

A firm in Nevada that "invented" the mobile internet is taking on Samsung, Huawei and Google in a London court starting next week.

Unwired Planet is set to battle the technology giants from Monday 5 October in the Chancery Division of the Royal Courts of Justice in London over six patents that it acquired from Ericsson.

The case beginning Monday is the first of five technical trials, taking place a few months apart, with the final technical trial beginning on 27 June 2016. There will also be one non-technical trial dealing with competition law scheduled to take place for 13 weeks starting October 2016.

The first four patents involved relate to securing data transmissions, cell reporting and status reporting for transmitted data packets in wireless networks.

The others relate to cell search procedures, associated encoding and decoding of synchronisation channels and cell measurement and reporting between different mobile communication systems.

These were acquired from Ericsson in 2013 among 2,185 patents in total.

Unwired Planet is also launching a case in Germany over the German equivalents of the patents. Previously, Unwired Planet has sued Apple in a court in California over its mobile patents.

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This is not the only case of patent dispute ongoing in the mobile industry. Microsoft is currently embroiled in a battle with InterDigital over fair licensing of mobile technology that is fundamental to an industry standard.

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