Apple Loses Bid For ECJ Guidance Over 4G LTE Patents

Law360, London (September 9, 2020, 7:26 PM BST) -- A London judge on Wednesday rejected Apple's request for the European Union's highest court to weigh in on a patent infringement dispute over 4G technology brought by three PanOptis subsidiaries, saying a national court could handle the competition issues in the case.

High Court Judge Colin Birss said timing is his main reason for denying Apple Inc.'s request for a reference to be made to the European Court of Justice on the company's competition questions in the patent royalty dispute, since the U.K. is due to leave the EU at the end of 2020.

"For this reason of timing alone, I...

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