Nokia and HTC win European patent ruling against Ipcom
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 26/04/2012 16:20
The European Patent Office has revoked a patent which threatened to halt sales of HTC and Nokia phones in Germany.
Intellectual property licensor Ipcom had demanded a ban on the two smartphone makers' handsets after they refused to meet its terms.
The dispute centred on rights to a wireless technology developed by Bosch for a car telephone system, which it subsequently sold in 2007.
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Nokia, HTC win European patent ruling
Finland's Nokia and Taiwan's HTC won a key European ruling that a patent of German firm IPCom, which was threatening sales of their phones in Germany, was invalid in its current form.
Wednesday's ruling by the European Patent Office was a rare spot of good news for Nokia, which is struggling with dwindling sales and credit rating downgrades in recent weeks. Nokia said it meant it could continue selling products in Germany.
Nokia, HTC win key European ruling against IPCom
Nokia and HTC had a rare bit of good news to celebrate today.
The European Patent Office earlier today announced that a patent Germany-based IPCom has been citing in legal battles with the handset makers is invalid in its current form. According to Reuters, which first reported on the story, the patent relates to a mobile device's first connection to a network.