Nokia, a company from Finland, and HTC from Taiwan both won a major European ruling claiming German company IPCom's patent was invalid in its present form. The patent reportedly threatened the sales of Nokia and HTC's devices in Germany. Last Wednesday, the European Patent Office made a ruling that is pro Nokia because the company is having a difficult time with declining credit rating and lowering sales in the past few weeks.
According to Nokia, it will keep on selling their devices in Germany. On the other hand, IPCom said that it would at once make an appeal versus the ruling and that its 100A patent was valid while the ultimate decision on the appeal is pending. The patent 100A regulates the initial connection of a phone to a network.
In addition, IPCom said that the decision does not have an effect on the rulings concerning the patent infringement cases versus Nokia and HTC in Germany and United Kingdom. The mobile telephony patent portfolio of Bosch was purchased by IPCom. The portfolio was made between the mid parts of the 1980’s and the year 2000. Globally, it consists of patent families amounting to 160. The patents include the 100A and contain fundamental technologies for the industry of wireless communication.
Licensing agreement with IPCom have been signed by a lot of the best phone manufacturers. However, Nokia and HTC have contested patents by IPCom in different courts in Europe.
For more or less five years already, IPCom and Nokia are in conflict in a number of courts over patents. According to Nokia, the demands for licensing fees of IPCom are too high.
Based on a statement by Paul Melin, Nokia's Intellectual Property VP, IPCom must stop its impractical demands. IPCom has filed a patent infringement against HTC's retailers based in Germany. On the other hand, HTC was satisfied with the decision of the European Patent Office. Moreover, it looks forward to put an end in the patent suits.