In what seems to be an never ending saga of law suits, claims, and stolen patents between the likes of Nokia, and Apple, one has to wonder how much all of these proceedings cost, and if these costs are then past onto us, the consumer by some way of device/service prices. Bloomberg has reported, the latest Patent fight between Nokia, and Germany Intellectual company, IPCom, has ended Nokia’s way this time round.
IPCom, which acquires patents and licenses them to manufacturers, went against the European “trend” for companies to “put up their cases in time for them to be dealt with fairly,” the Court of Appeal ruled today in·London, upholding a January 2010 decision that the patents are invalid.
“What IPCom seeks to do here is quite contrary to that trend, as well as being an abuse of process,” Justice Robin Jacob said in the ruling. “The message is: ‘put up in time, or shut up.’”
The two companies are involved in patent litigation throughout·Europe as IPCom seeks royalties from a portfolio of mobile-technology patents it acquired in 2007 from·Robert Bosch GmbH, the world’s largest automotive supplier. IPCom acquired the patents after Bosch’s negotiations to license them to Nokia broke down in 2003, according to the judgment.
Alistair Hammond, a spokesman for Pullach, Germany-based IPCom, declined to comment on the ruling.
“This was an important decision against two of IPCom’s alleged strongest patents,” Mark Durrant, a spokesman for Espoo, Finland-based Nokia, said in an e-mail. “IPCom’s assertions of the strength and value of its portfolio are not surviving the test of litigation.”
Full article can be found over at Bloomberg
PDF Of previous Unsuccessful Nokia claim from 2009 can be found here.