Judge rules Apple does not infringe Golden Bridge W-CDMA patents

“Recently Apple explained to the ITC that many of the standard-essential patents asserted by Samsung against Apple have failed under the scrutiny of litigation, resulting in a finding of non-infringement or invalidity,” Essential Patent Blog reports. “Well, Apple can now chalk up another SEP win on the board, although one that has nothing to do with Samsung.”

“Yesterday, Judge Sue Robinson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware ruled on summary judgment that Apple does not infringe two patents alleged by Golden Bridge Technology to be essential to the 3G W-CDMA wireless telecommunications standard,” EPB reports. “Golden Bridge is a noted non-practicing entity whose ‘primary business is the creation, licensing, and enforcement of Wideband CDMA technology and intellectual property.'”

“Notably, these patents have been asserted against many other defendants in Delaware, and these defendants and Golden Bridge agreed to consolidate claim construction with the Golden Bridge-Apple case and stay all claims other than those asserted against Apple,” EPB reports. “Once the stay is lifted, it’s likely that the other defendants will also file motions for summary judgment of non-infringement as well (although Golden Bridge will likely want to keep the stay in effect pending an appeal to the Federal Circuit).”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


    1. Not a lawyer, but…

      Golden Bridge bet big and lost against Apple. The other defendants previously sued by Golden Bridge for patent infringement will now use this Apple court precedent to clear themselves, as well. Golden Bridge is now desperately seeking some way to avoid an utterly disastrous loss.

    2. Lawyer here.

      The legal term is, “Screwed”.

      Golden Bridge Technology sued many similarly-situated defendants (also accused of infringing the same patents in the same way as Apple), who all agreed to let their suits be consolidated with and stayed (not-pursued) until the Apple case was resolved. Now that that is over, and Apple was found to not infringe the patents, the other defendants will move for summary judgement (judgment as a matter of law because there are no facts in dispute) based upon the ruling in the Apple case.

      That’s basically it.

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