Patent Holding Firm Files $2B Lawsuit Against Apple
IPCom, a patent-holding company based in Germany, today accused Apple of violating one of its patents. The patent, which IPCom bought in 2007, pertains to how cellular calls to emergency services are prioritized on mobile networks. IPCom filed its claim in Germany and is seeking $2 billion from Apple to use the patent. According to the Wall Street Journal, the patent is a "mandatory element of the UMTS and LTE cellphone standards." Patents deemed standard essential must be licensed at fair and reasonable rates. The Journal did not say if IPCom attempted to reach such an agreement with Apple prior to filing its lawsuit.
Apple and Ericsson Argue Over LTE Patents
Apple and Ericsson have filed legal grievances against one another regarding the value of LTE patents. A patent agreement between the two companies expired two years ago and they have failed to come to terms in signing a new one.
Apple Vindicated in Another Patent Troll Lawsuit
Apple beat back a lawsuit brought on by a small Honolulu-based company over mobile device patents. GPNE alleged that nine Apple products, including the iPhone and iPad, violated certain patents it holds regarding pager technology.
Apple's Patent Consortium to Sell 4,000 Patents for $900M
Rockstar Consortium, a patent-holding company headed by Apple, has agreed to sell more than 4,000 mobile patents for about $900 million. Apple and partners Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony paid $4.5 billion for more than 6,000 patents from Nortel four years ago in order to help protect against litigation.
Nokia, Apple File Dueling Patent Lawsuits
Nokia and Apple have this week filed patent-related lawsuits against one another in various jurisdictions. Nokia's claims, filed in Germany and the U.S., say that Apple is using Nokia's patented technology without permission.
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