IPCom wins over Apple´s jurisdictional challenge at Fuzhou court in China
After IPCom has filed patent infringement proceedings against three Apple entities at the Fuzhou Intermediate People´s Court of Fujian Province in China, Apple has challenged the jurisdiction by arguing that the case shall be deemed as the civil case of first instance with important influence in Fujian Province and even in the whole country and shall be trialed by higher people’s court. Apple requested the court move the case to Fujian Higher People’s Court for trial. The court overruled the opposition of jurisdiction against the Apple entities.
Pio Suh, Managing Director of IPCom, comments:
“We are very pleased to see that the court in Fuzhou has taken a clear and strong position regarding its jurisdiction signaling that it will not get swayed by Apple´s arguments.”
Apple has the right to appeal the decision within 10 days after receipt of the decision to the Supreme People’s Court of The People’s Republic of China.
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.