French industrial conglomerate Thales suing Avanci and Nokia in Munich over alleged antitrust violations by refusing to grant component-level patent licenses

Just like my previous post (on a newly-discovered IP Bridge v. Ford Motor Company case pending in Munich), this post relates to automotive standard-essential patent (SEP) licensing issues.The Nokia v. Daimler dispute lasted almost two years, and only toward the very end did French industrial giant Thales intervene. Thales makes network access devices (NADs), which other companies then incorporate into their telematics control units (TCUs). Thales is a tier 2 supplier by automotive supply-chain terminology, and its customers are tier 1 (i.e., direct) suppliers.A couple of weeks ago, OffshoreAlert listed a U.S. discovery request that Thales made from InterDigital in order to…

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