IPCom Continues to Successfully Defend its Patents
Munich, Feb.12th, 2021 - In a hearing held before the EPO's Board of Appeal IPCom was successful in its appeal, overturning an earlier decision at first instance in which the patent had been provisionally revoked.
European Patent 2 230 867 B1 concerning a handover mechanism in which a connection to one base station is transferred to a second base station was granted in 2012. Three organizations, including Ericsson, then filed oppositions against the patent. In a first instance decision of the opposition division only formality aspects were considered and the patent as granted was considered to contain added subject matter. IPCom appealed this decision and has now succeeded in persuading the Board of Appeal that the patent should not have been revoked.
Friday's hearing marked the first hearing of IPCom's Head of Global IP and Litigation Edward Tomlinson in his new role. After the hearing, Edward remarked that it was pleasing to be able to provide IPCom with yet another victory in the defense of its patent portfolio.
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.