IPCom wins its appeal against Vodafone
The UK Court of Appeal has today handed down its decision in a dispute in which IPCom had sued Vodafone for infringing one of its standard essential patents. The court upheld IPCom's appeal that Vodafone's use of the patented invention was not covered by the so-called "Crown Use" rule and rejected Vodafone's cross-appeal against the earlier findings of infringement and validity. Managing Director of IPCom, Pio Suh, states in a first reaction: “The judgment is consistent with IPCom´s strong commitment to levelling the playing field. It also sends the signal that even giant mobile network operators such as Vodafone can be held accountable for infringing patents.” IPCom will further comment in the coming days. About IPCom
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.