Apple scores patent litigation victory in Germany

$2 billion patent infringement lawsuit dismissed

Apple has faced its share of patent infringement suits over the past few years. In fact, a recent study shows that the tech giant was one of the top three biggest targets for patent trolls last year, and has been embroiled in an ongoing patent dispute with Samsung. All of this legal wrangling has taken a toll on the company, so Apple is likely very happy with a recent victory it scored in a German courtroom. 

IPCom GmbH & Co KG claimed that Apple infringed on two of its patents that related to technology that prioritized calls on mobile networks, asking for over $2 billion. But on Feb. 28, a court in Mannheim, Germany tossed out the lawsuit, ruling that Apple was not guilty of infringement in this case. In addition to Apple’s victory, HTC won a dismissal against IPCom as well.

IPCom falls into the category of non-practicing entity or patent troll, as it makes no products, but rather uses its intellectual property to sue other companies for patent infringement. The patent troll issue has been a hot topic in the United States, and the European Union has been dealing with the problem as well. Recently, Apple joined forces with other companies like Google and Samsung, to petition the EU to deal with the problem of frivolous litigation. 

This case is not quite over, however, as representatives from IPCom have stated that the company plans to file an appeal. The company contends that a number of mobile device manufacturers infringe on its patents that route emergency calls, and told The Sunday Morning Herald that it is “astonished” by this ruling.

 

For more on the patent troll issue, check out the following:

USPTO taps Lex Machina for data on infringement letters

The White House makes moves towards an improved U.S. patent system

Is patent trolling on the rise?

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley looks to slay patent trolls

 

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Managing Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance arenas. Rich earned a B.A. in English Literature...

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