Thalwil, Switzerland – January 2, 2019 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, today announced that it has no choice but to file a lawsuit against Interdigital, Inc. in the United States District Court for Southern California in order to obtain a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) license to Interdigital’s patents. After two years of failed negotiations, despite its legal obligation to do so, Interdigital failed to offer u‑blox a FRAND license agreement covering the sale of u‑blox 2G, 3G and 4G products.
“u‑blox respects the intellectual property rights of others and has always been and continues to be a willing licensee to standard essential patents (SEPs). It is how we do business”, said Thomas Seiler, CEO of u‑blox. “We have therefore asked a court to review and determine the FRAND rate for the patents held by Interdigital. u‑blox is a committed licensor for the benefit of our customers and we believe that our willingness to license also positively distinguishes u‑blox within the module industry. To the extent that Interdigital is willing to reconsider their position, u‑blox is open to further negotiations - but not to the detriment of the company, our customers or shareholders.”
Concurrent to filing the lawsuit, u‑blox has also asked the court for an immediate Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and preliminary injunction against Interdigital to avoid any disruption to its existing business relationships.
u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and a growing ecosystem of products supporting data services, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
Head of IP Strategy & Licensing
u‑blox Inc., Intellectual Property & Standards
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