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"Today, the ... High Court has found IPCom’s patent EP1 018 849 B1 (UK) ( Bosch #173) invalid and, importantly, that it is not essential to any of the major telecommunications standards. Nokia is pleased with today’s decision. It marks the sixtieth patent invalid as granted since IPCom began its aggressive campaign against Nokia and other industry players more than four years ago.A list of the 60 IPCom patents was kindly supplied by the Kat's correspondent. Fortunately this Kat didn't notice the small print that reads "Nokia Internal Use Only" until after he uploaded the list for the benefit of his readers here.
Since then, Nokia has successfully defended itself against IPCom’s alleged best patents in 32 cases across 3 countries, in both civil and criminal allegations. Not one of IPCom’s patents has been found valid as granted, and the courts have so far ordered IPCom to pay Nokia more than EUR 10 million in legal costs for its baseless actions.
IPCom’s behaviour continues to fall short of its commitments made to the European Commission, such as its attempts to stop sales of products accused of infringing standards essential patents. Its track record in litigating the patents shows that IPCom’s claims for the value of the portfolio have been grossly overestimated.
Says Paul Melin, VP of Intellectual Property at Nokia “With 60 of its patents now invalid as granted, IPCom should draw some conclusions and end its unrealistic demands for what remains of this significantly weakened portfolio”".
Though he's not much good with a pocket calculator, the IPKat is a dab hand (paw, actually) with the abacus. He thus understands that the costs which IPCom has paid out to Nokia now exceed the US$ 12.5 million which Bosch charged Samsung for its patent portfolio in the first place -- a portfolio from which IPCom has sought 12 billion Euro from Nokia in patent licence fees. The Kat wonders just how FRANDly this licence demand might be considered in the context of Google’s US$ 12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola.
Merpel says, what's the betting that there's another side to this story. We're not talking about the Evil Empire here, are we? Presumably IPCom has rational grounds on which to pursue its course of apparently highly unsuccessful action.
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