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Apple, IPCom to square off in patent trial potentially worth over $2B

updated 11:29 am EST, Wed February 5, 2014

Plaintiff so far winning rulings against Nokia, HTC

On February 11th, Apple will go to trial at Mannheim Regional Court to defend itself against a patent infringement suit brought by German patent firm IPCom, reports say. The latter company accuses Apple of violating a standards-essential wireless patent upheld by the European Patent Office last month; another, separate patent is also at stake. IPCom is asking for €1.57 billion ($2.12 billion) in damages, plus pre-judgment interest.

IPCom has previously sued Nokia and HTC, and won several rulings. The core patent in the Apple case deals with a way of managing access to overloaded wireless channels by cellphones. FOSS Patents notes that the Mannheim Regional Court has dealt with more wireless patent suits than any other legal arena.

by MacNN Staff



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