Apple gets sued for $2 billion by German patent troll

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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48 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

C'mon Germans, SQUEEZE THE JUICE OUT OF APPLE

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Pot, meet kettle.

19. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

More like Apple meet juicer.

45. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

12. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

who let the trolls out?

21. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

25. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Great Arnold impression lol. I am the party pooper!

26. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

31. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

34. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

37. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

YEA CRUSH IT BABY!

39. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

42. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

2 billion is nothing for Apple

2. smasher

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

Tit for tat

3. BigBoss10

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

YEA FINALLY!!! :D

4. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

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5. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

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

17. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

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

7. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

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

8. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

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

9. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Elaborate please.

40. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

18. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 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"?

20. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

22. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

35. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Probably, they are sponcered by apple

32. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 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/

41. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

44. willard12 unregistered

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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