Hogan Lovells celebrates ECJ referral for ZTE in Huawei patent battle

Hogan Lovells has succeeded in gaining a referral to ECJ on behalf of its client ZTE following its long-running patent battle against telecoms operator Huawei.

The Düsseldorf Landgericht (Regional Court) has referred a number of questions regarding specific FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) licensing criteria to the Court of Justice for the European Union on behalf of ZTE.

This is significant because if the ECJ decide in favour of ZTE, Huawei’s claims for injunctive relief against the sales of Long-Term Evolution base states — a 4G wireless broadband technology — by ZTE in Germany could be unfounded.