WTO Intellectual Property
Nokia lost a ruling in a German court on 19th April, 2012 in a patent lawsuit filed by IPCom GmbH & Co., after the regional court in Mannheim, Germany found the Finnish mobile phone company had violated patents belonging to the German patent firm.
This particular patent battle has been on the run since 2007, when IPCom was founded and purchased patents from Bosch.
The patent in question is related to the process in which access channels are assigned to the 3G users. It allows, for example, emergency services to be given priority access.
IPCom has demanded that Nokia should stop selling all its 3G phones in Germany.
Nokia, however, said that the court found infringement of "older phones", but the judgment doesn't rule whether Nokia's current mobile devices infringe the respective patents or not.
It will also seek legal clarity from the higher regional court in Karlsruhe.
The two companies are currently entangled in patent litigation across Europe. The ruling concerns patent DE 199 10 239.
The ruling came the day after Nokia announced a bigger-than-expected loss.
The shares of Nokia, which has been struggling to compete with both high-end smartphone rivals and cheaper competitors, were down 4.8% to 2.778 euros at 1128 GMT.
Moreover, it might be interesting to note that among all the claims made by Nokia till now, at least 61 IPCom patents have been found invalid as granted or conceded as invalid by IPCom. The company believes that IPCom needs to recognize its position and end its unrealistic demands for what remains of this significantly diminished portfolio.
Nokia Corporation is a Finnish multinational communications corporation headquartered in Keilaniemi, Espoo, a city neighbouring Helsinki. It manufactures mobile electronic devices, mostly mobile telephones and other devices related to communications, and in converging Internet and communications industries, with 130,000 employees in 120 countries.
IPCom was founded in 2007 to establish a bridge between patent developers and patent users. IPCom connects scientists, developers, and producers.