Lenovo and Motorola hit with sales ban in Germany: Why, what next and more – Times of India

Lenovo and Motorola hit with sales ban in Germany: Why, what next and more – Times of India

Lenovo and its subsidiary Motorola are facing a sales ban after a court ruling in Munich. The decision stems from a patent infringement lawsuit filed by US-based InterDigital, a company specialising in wireless technology.
Cause of the ban
The dispute centers around WWAN (Wireless Wide Area Network) modules, a crucial component enabling cellular connectivity in smartphones, tablets, and laptops.InterDigital alleges that Lenovo infringed upon their patented WWAN technology and failed to agree on fair licensing fees. The court sided with InterDigital, imposing a sales ban on all Lenovo and Motorola devices equipped with WWAN modules in Germany.
What Lenovo said on the ban
“As a global technology leader Lenovo respects the effort and investment that drive innovation, and we are both a licensor and a willing licensee of intellectual property. Regarding the Interdigital (IDC) case, we respect the Munich Court’s decision but do not agree with it given our belief that IDC has violated its own legal obligations to license its technology on Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) terms to either Lenovo or our third-party suppliers. Access to standardized technology on FRAND terms is critical to the future of the global tech industry; we will continue to fight for transparency in licensing negotiations and against companies seeking excessive rates for their patent portfolios. Innovation must be both accessible and affordable, and IDC’s unreasonable global patent licensing behaviors and fees disadvantage German customers, especially consumers, by reducing access to the latest technologies and driving up prices for tech products. We look forward to the next stage of the proceedings and our appeal.”
Impact on Consumers and Businesses
This ruling has significant implications for both companies. The ban affects a wide range of products, including popular Motorola smartphones like the Edge 50 lineup and various Lenovo devices that support cellular networks like GSM, UMTS, LTE, and 5G. Consumers in Germany will be unable to purchase these devices directly from Lenovo or Motorola. Existing stock might still be available at third-party retailers.

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