Court dismisses Deutsche Telekom's anti-trust complaint against IPCom
Mannheim, May 31st, 2022 - In a bench decision handed down today, the presiding judge of the 2nd Chamber of the Mannheim District Court, Dr. Kircher, announced that the anti-trust complaint of Deutsche Telekom against IPCom relating to a licence agreement signed in 2013 was dismissed with Deutsche Telekom to pay the costs of the proceedings.
Deutsche Telekom had argued that IPCom had abused its monopoly position and that the licence agreement was contrary to the undertaking of IPCom to license its patents under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms as IPCom had not licensed its patents to its competitors in Germany. In the oral hearing held in November 2021, the effect of so-called “clause 8.2” of the agreement was the centre of discussions, this clause stating that IPCom was under no obligation to conclude licence agreements with the competitors of Deutsche Telekom.
IPCom congratulates its team of attorneys from the Quinn Emanuel and Hengeler law firms for their excellent work defending IPCom against this unnecessary litigation.
IPCom GmbH & Co. KG is an intellectual property (IP) rights licensing and technology R&D company, which supports companies with asserting patent rights and concluding patent license agreements on FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) terms. IPCom holds over 200 patent families in the field of mobile communications, with more than 1,000 patents registered in Europe, the US and Asia, most of which have been granted. Committed to the principles of FRAND, fair play and competitive advantage, IPCom also offers consulting services to companies in the telecoms space, with the aim of levelling the playing field and ensuring those behind the development of standard essential patents (SEPs) are fairly rewarded for their technologies and work.
IPCom is headquartered in Pullach, Munich, Germany, and operates on a global basis.