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Rockstar Consortium — an alliance made up of Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony — has dropped a patent infringement claim against China-based Huawei, a telecom gear maker, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://tinyurl.com/kroh3op).
In a motion filed Tuesday with the US District Court of Northern California, both parties jointly requested dismissal of the lawsuit, which accused the telecom gear maker of violating patents the alliance acquired from Nortel Networks earlier this decade. The filing didn't specify that a settlement had been reached.
"While the motion to dismiss does not explicitly state that the parties have settled, it would be utterly unrealistic to believe that Rockstar would let Huawei use those patents without a royalty-bearing license," Florian Mueller writes for "FOSS Patents. "Whatever the basis of this settlement may be, a 'freebie' it's certainly not."