California Judge Frees Huawei and Wireless Carriers from Mobile Device Suit After Holding that NPE Plaintiff Lacked Standing

  • April 13, 2017

A California federal judge has dismissed infringement suits against Huawei (3:13-cv-02323) and wireless carriers AT&T (3:13-cv-02318), SOFTBANK (Sprint) (3:13-cv-02319), Verizon (Cellco) (3:13-cv-02325), and T-Mobile (3:13-cv-02324) after ruling that plaintiff SPH America, LLC lacked standing to assert the patents-in-suit. In an order issued on April 10 in the case against Huawei, District Judge Cathy Bencivengo ruled that SPH America did not have Article III standing because it had not acquired “substantial rights” in the asserted patents through a purported license agreement with the patents’ owner, the South Korea-based Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI).

View full article with free 14-day trial
($79/month thereafter)

  • Over 7,000 news articles covering new patent cases, key policy decisions, and USPTO assignments
  • Advanced custom alerts for campaigns and entities
  • Proprietary litigation timelines
  • Full access to Federal Circuit, PTAB, and ITC dockets
  • Judge, venue, and law firm analytics


Thank you for your feedback