A German court dismissed a claim against Apple on yesterday that was brought on by a popular patent troll. IPCom, a firm that licenses patents, expected $2.2 billion in damages for violation of a feature that is now an industry standard. A related case against HTC was also dismissed.
IPCom is about as much of a patent troll as a patent troll can be. As per The Verge, IPCom has over 1,200 mobile technology-related patents, the majority of them bought in 2007 from Robert Bosch GmbH, a German electronics firm that had made car cell phones. As per Bloomberg, IPCom doesn’t make any products and instead makes money from certification its patents and from suing other firms.
This specific suit against Apple is exemplary of IPCom’s business structure. It charged Apple for utilizing a chip feature that would prioritize calls from police and rescue staff during an emergency. The judge dismissed this lawsuit and a similar one against HTC because this feature is now an industry standard.