Fractus, a Spanish company that licenses antenna technology it has developed, will transfer its worldwide portfolio of base station antenna patents to CommScope, the outcome of a lawsuit filed by Fractus.
Fractus sued CommScope Technologies LLC, T-Mobile U.S., Inc., T-Mobile USA, Inc., Verizon Communications, Inc. and Cello Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless for infringing on Fractus’ patents covering cellular base station antenna technologies (Fractus S.A. v. CommScope Technologies, LLC et al., Civil Action No. 2:19-CV-255).
The IP transfer agreement terminates Fractus’ lawsuit against Commscope.
According to Commscope’s most recent quarterly report, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 8, 2019, the trial was scheduled to begin on September 9 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. In its quarterly report, Commscope said
The Company (Commscope) believes that Fractus will not succeed on the merits of their claims and the Company intends to defend vigorously against them.
In a release announcing the technology transfer, Farid Firouzbakht, a senior vice president in CommScope’s Mobility Solutions business, said, “The addition of Fractus’s patents enhances the value of CommScope’s base station antenna portfolio and will enable us to offer new and innovative features that will provide significant value to our base station antenna customers.”
Commscope said Fractus’ patents will add to its 15,000 patents, including more than 700 related to base station antenna technology.
Ruben Bonet, president of Fractus, said, “We are excited about this agreement and believe that CommScope is a perfect partner to deploy our patented technology into its worldwide deployment of base station antennas.”