Poor reception for jurisdiction challenge to global FRAND licence relief

Does the English Court have jurisdiction to grant relief in the form of a global FRAND licence in relation to a claim for infringement of UK patents, where UK sales account for only 1% or less of worldwide sales on which royalties are claimed? This was the subject of the decision of Carr J. in the Patents Court on Monday in Conversant Wireless Licensing S.A.R.L v Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, ZTE Corporation and Ors [2018] EWHC 808 (Pat).  The answer – on the facts of this case as explained below – was "yes".  Home of the global FRAND licenceBackgroundConversant claimed to have made a number of offers for a global FRAND licence to the Defendants Huawei and ZTE (who manufacture and sell mobile devices worldwide) in relation to Conversant's patents declared essential to various ETSI standards.  Conversant alleged that no meaningful progress had been made with Huawei or ZTE in discussions over several years, who it said continued to…

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