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A German court has dismissed a $2B patent claim by IPCom against Apple for use of a standard which is a mandatory feature in all cellphones. As we reported earlier this month:

The chip is used to identify mobile phones used by the emergency services in order to give them priority access to networks when they are heavily congested, such as during a major disaster. Carriers can set their networks to block access to all phones in the vicinity of a major emergency other than those identifying themselves as belonging to police and rescue workers. The chip can be included in the circuitry of either a phone or a SIM.

IPCom claimed a patent on the technology, but Germany’s Mannheim Regional Court dismissed the claim, along with a similar one against HTC.

This is, however, unlikely to be the end of it. IPCom has a record of appealing such rulings, and attempting to charge for patents purchased from other companies is its primary source of revenue. The company owns more than a thousand mobile-related patents.

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2 Responses to “Court dismisses $2B patent troll claim against Apple for emergency feature in iPhones”

  1. yuniverse7 says:

    Patent trolls are cancer to technology and economy. We need to do something with current patent systems.

  2. scumbolt2014 says:

    Good. I’m so sick of reading about this kind of stuff. People will say Apple does the same thing, but they don’t act like companies like IPCom that buy an idea from someone that has never ever even been made into a tangible product. I hope that the governments of the world find a way to fine these patent trolls and wipe them off the face of the earth.