Roughly three years since its last litigation, against Samsung, came to a close, Barcelona-based Fractus SA has filed suit against ZTE (2:17-cv-00561). The new complaint asserts seven antenna patents against ZTE for the provision of various mobile devices having an internal, multiband antenna. Fractus pleads that “it has designed antennas for and/or has licensed the right to use its technology to much of the mobile antenna community, including HTC, Kyocera, LG [Electronics], Palm, Pantech, RIM, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, and UTStarcom”. Several of these companies were defendants in the first case in this campaign, filed in May 2009.
Fractus SA filed a new complaint for patent infringement against Samsung (6:13-cv-00210), seeking an amended ongoing royalty rate to include include additional handset models not included in a prior judgment. In May 2011, Fractus was awarded $23.1 million from a jury that was later enhanced by a federal judge to include an additional $15 million award for willful infringement and finally an ongoing royalty rate of $0.60 for all of the handsets involved in the suit. On February 25th, Judge Leonard Davis denied a request from Fractus to include non-adjudicated handsets in the ongoing royalty rate and did so without prejudice. Fractus is a Spanish maker of antenna and related technology that sued ten handset companies in 2009. (All but Samsung reached settlements with Fractus prior to trial.) 2/28, Eastern District of Texas.