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Apple gets sued for $2 billion by German patent troll

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Apple gets sued for $2 billion by German patent troll
Apple has been sued for $2 billion in Germany, by a company that claims the Cupertino tech giant infringed on its licenses for cellular technology. A company called IPCom GmbH has accused Apple of improperly using a patent that gives priority to emergency calls on a mobile network. The patent was purchased in 2007 from German automobile parts manufacturer Robert Bosch GmbH.

This particular patent has been the subject of another court battle. Apple, Nokia, Ericsson, HTC and Vodafone tried to get the European Patent Office to declare this bit of intellectual property declared invalid. And Apple isn't the only tech company to be sued by IPCom in a suit related to this particular patent. Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia and others have been sued over illegal use of the patent, according to the German patent troll.

IPCom is demanding that Apple pay it €1.57 billion ($2.12 billion USD) for infringing on its IP. The company states that the patent is extremely important in the industry because it enables emergency responders like the police to have priority on a crowded and overloaded mobile network.

Apple has declined to comment on the suit.

source: WSJ

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posted on 05 Feb 2014, 11:22 38

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


C'mon Germans, SQUEEZE THE JUICE OUT OF APPLE

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 11:38 9

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Pot, meet kettle.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 12:34 14

19. Finalflash (Posts: 3210; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


More like Apple meet juicer.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 23:36 2

45. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 889; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Companies like this are bad for the industry. It doesn't matter who the target is, we should all be outraged.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 12:00 2

12. Antimio (Posts: 313; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


who let the trolls out?

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 13:00 3

21. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Vi gaat et. Vi aar gona du thet. Vet en waatch.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 13:27 1

25. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Great Arnold impression lol. I am the party pooper!

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 13:30 1

26. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


You forgot one more guy. Mr.Stallone....Rambo....

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 15:00

31. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


The iFührer will chop that fruity-fruit and burn the seeds therein!!

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 15:17 1

34. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Thats the way baby, Apple is going to eat its own fruit

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 16:19

37. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1719; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


YEA CRUSH IT BABY!

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 19:13 3

39. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


2 billion dollars sounds a pretty sweet price compare to what the greedy fruit ask against samsung.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 21:45 1

42. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


2 billion is nothing for Apple

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 11:26 6

2. smasher (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)


Tit for tat

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 11:27 10

3. BigBoss10 (Posts: 276; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


YEA FINALLY!!! :D

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 11:29 6

4. Antimio (Posts: 313; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


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posted on 05 Feb 2014, 11:33 16

5. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Karma can really suck when you act the bully all the time. I can hear a faint laughter from Samsung over this one.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 12:26 2

17. Aploine (Posts: 437; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


One day will cam that Samsung will sue IPCom for something an take its blood back! Nemesis!

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 11:45 16

7. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


As much as I hate trolls of any kind, this screams of irony and karma.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 11:47 11

8. kryme (Posts: 370; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


oh i so want apple to lose this one....please... prolly now they can stop being an as*

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 11:48 12

9. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


"German Patent Troll"... Now I see where a lot of PA users get their immaturity from..

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 12:25

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Elaborate please.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 21:19 1

40. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


If you got to ask then you must be one of them....

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 12:26 12

18. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


It's meant to discredit the company that has filed suit. Similar to what the media does to political candidates. This webssite is so biased towards Apple it almost makes me want to gag. So why would you be surprised that when Apple is caught allegedly doing something illegal and wrong, the authors here try to discredit Apple's accuser by calling them "patent trolls"?

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 12:57 5

20. Finalflash (Posts: 3210; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Good stuff guy, I didn't even catch that. It is Alan F. though, he is one of the biggest Apple fanboys this site has though. So I don't think whole site is biased, just one very active article guy.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 13:06 2

22. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


True, and plus one to you Final. We see more Apple biased articles than not, and that's the reason why I say PA is so biased towards Apple. I shouldn't generalize them all though. You're right.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 15:19 1

35. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Probably, they are sponcered by apple

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 15:05

32. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Dear Rodneyej1... You should research before you "SPEAK".
IPCom is known as the "Godfather of Patent Trolls".
http://idevicedailys.com/apple/ipcom-vs-apple-allegation-patent-infringement/

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 21:21

41. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I don't care about that.. My point was "in house"

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 23:07

44. willard12 (Posts: 1722; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Dear Topcat, when someone questions the balance of a website, is it wise to use a website called "iDevicedailys.com" as the source? IPCom is known as the "Godfather of Patent Trolls"....according to a website whose homepage banner links include Apple, iphone, and OS X.

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