updated 10:55 am EDT, Wed April 25, 2012
EPO revokes patent from IPCom for 3G connections
The European Patent Office has revoked a patent owned by IPCom, days after the company won a patent case against Nokia. The patent describes a method for connecting and prioritizing devices on 3G networks.
The German court case could have brought a ban on several older Nokia phones, however the particular models in question have been discontinued for years. Nokia believes that the ban will be deemed unenforceable and that the sale of Nokia handsets in Germany will not be stopped.
Vice President of Intellectual Property at Nokia Paul Melin noted "So far, of 62 IPCom patents that have come to judgement, none has been found valid as granted," and called for IPCom to "recognize its position and end its unrealistic demands for what remains of this significantly diminished portfolio."
IPCom is planning to appeal the EPO decision.