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IPCom Loses $2.2 Billion Patent Lawsuit Against Apple

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IPCom has lost the latest in a string of multi billion dollar lawsuits against mobile phone manufacturers, after a German court dismissed its USD2.2 billion claim against Apple.

IPCom had claimed that Apple was infringing two standards-essential patents that it held which permits a preauthorised mobile phones to still make an emergency phone call when the mobile network is busy.

Such handsets are usually allocated to emergency services and when the network in an area is busy, their identification code grants them priority over other handsets to make phone calls.

The patents cited in the lawsuits are European patent EP1841268 and German patent DE19910239.

The court also dismissed a similar claim against HTC.

IPCom acquired the patents from Bosch back in 2007 when that firm shut-down its own handset business, and is expected to appeal the decision, considering the size of the damages it had been seeking.

IPCom is a patent holding company -- often termed a patent troll -- and has repeatedly sued companies for patent infringement. In 2011, it lost a final attempt to sue Nokia for $16 billion.

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