Despite Google's efforts to protect Android OEMs from the Rockstar consortium, Huawei has opted to settle by paying an undisclosed amount for infringing on patents previously owned by Nortel in its Android devices.
The Microsoft and Apple led Rockstar consortium filed a lawsuit against seven Android OEMs and Google on the basis of networking patents acquired from Nortel in November. Now, Huawei has become the first company to settle with the consortium by paying an undisclosed amount.
Huawei will have to license the patents that have been infringed upon as the settlement does not cover future use of the patents. The remaining defendants who are yet to respond to the lawsuit are Samsung, ZTE, LG, HTC, Pantech, and ASUSTeK.
Google counter-sued the Rockstar consortium following the November lawsuit but it seems that OEMs are skeptical about the outcome judging from Huawei's decision to reach the settlement. It also indicates that the patents controlled by the consortium hold substantial merit with regards to the case.