Ford Motor Company settles seven patent disputes in one go by taking Avanci license to 49 SEP portfolios: Munich injunction may have been major catalyst, but just one factor

Precisely four weeks after Avanci announced a 4G standard-essential patent (SEP) license agreement with General Motors, the patent pool firm has just announced a license deal with Ford. Both companies are “Motown” icons, and between the two of them make about 10 million cars (GM: 6 million; Ford: 4 million) per year. But the backdrop of those license agreements couldn’t be much more different. GM signed without any prior litigation. By finally taking a license, Ford Motor Company puts a number of patent infringement cases behind it: seven out of Avanci’s 49 licensors were asserting patents in the District of…

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