LG, which is supposed to be enjoying a path of roses, has come across a thorn in time before its much-awaited release of its latest G5 flagship phone. The thorn on its way to happiness is the recent court-ordered fine it has to pay to Core Wireless Licensing.
The subsidiary of Conversant Intellectual property Management holds patents for 2G, 3G and 4G LTE network technologies. It has accused the South Korean tech company of infringing patents relating to a smartphone’s user interface. According to Digital Trends, the jury found the patents to be valid and has sided with the Core Wireless, awarding it a total of USD $3.5 million in past damages.
The smartphones involved include units running versions of Android Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop. This includes the Korean mobile maker’s flagship phones for 2013, 2014 and 2015 which are G2, G3 and G4. G4 is reported to be explicitly called out in the said lawsuit.
Following the verdict, Conversant CEO John Lindgren has expressed his feelings of contentment and has thanked “the court and the jury for their efforts in ensuring that LG compensates Core Wireless for the value of the inventions they are using.”
According to Android Headlines, this is not the first time Core Wireless has sued a company involving a patent. In fact, it has a history of suing tech companies for alleged violations of its intellectual property rights.
It could be recalled that in 2012, the company filed a lawsuit against Apple for alleged patent violation, seeking $100 million from the company. However, in March last year, a jury in the Texas federal court rejected its claims and awarded their verdict in favor of the iPhone maker, saying it could not find any evidence to suggest that Apple has violated any patent held by the Canada patent licensing firm.
Meanwhile, Phandroid reports that aside from the fine, which cost 10 cents per unit totaling to the said amount, Core Wireless also asked the jury to order LG to pay the same amount per unit for future sales of the infringing LG products until 2027. It is not clear as of now what UI elements were found to be in violation of the patent.
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