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another one bites the dust! Nokia successfully attacks another IPCom patent

22 February 2012

In the latest chapter in the long running telecoms patent dispute between Nokia and IPCom, the English High Court has ruled that IPCom’s European patent (UK), which related to the handover of mobile phones between different base stations (eg when the mobile user is on the move), was invalid as originally granted but allowed IPCom to amend its claims, so that the patent remains on the register.

Importantly for Nokia and other would-be licensees, the court found that the patent (even as amended) was not essential to the GSM, UMTS or LTE telecoms industry standards, so a licence of the patent is not required in order to comply with those standards.

Nokia will no doubt use this decision and others like it as leverage in future licence negotiations with IPCom. A victory for the licensee? Maybe, but the portfolio of patents owned and licensed by IPCom remains substantial, as highlighted on its website. Perhaps a convenience based licence still beckons….

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