Apple faces €1.57 billion patent damages claim in Germany

“German patent licensing firm IPCom has accused Apple of infringing a patent on 3G technology and wants €1.57 billion (US$2.1 billion) in damages, the Mannheim Regional Court said Wednesday,” Loek Essers reports for PCWorld. “IPCom has declared the patent, EP 1 841 268, essential to the implementation of 3G mobile standards, and a narrowed version of the patent was upheld by the European Patent Office (EPO) last month following challenges from Apple, Nokia, HTC, Ericsson and Vodafone.”

“The patent relates to the way handsets are allowed to access networks of various mobile telecommunications providers,” Essers reports. “The technology can be used to give some users priority access to networks in emergencies, even if the networks are overloaded, according to IPCom.”

“The case against Apple is scheduled to be heard on Feb. 11 at the Mannheim Regional Court,” Essers reports. “A separate case against Nokia over the European patent recently upheld by the EPO is scheduled to take place on May 28 at the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe.”

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MacDailyNews Take: FRANDtastic.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


      1. Spot on, and I have to just laugh at the latest episode where the Afghanistan president has been holding talks with non other than the Taliban to try to come to peaceful terms. That would be absolutely hilarious.

        I mean neither side has the moral high ground anymore but hey, what can you expect.

        Great post.

  1. Surely that’s not Apple infringing, as they will be licensing the radio technology from the chip manufacturers who build the radio chips for the appropriate networks?
    But I guess that’s irrelevant to patent trolls who just see a huge payday for doing fuck-all

  2. How was it even possible for any company to buy radio chips without this kind of licensing? If we get to this situation lets think who is guilty here all the handset makers or a company keeping a patent related to licensed technology but not having it in offering as a part of a FRAND !

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