Apple has been infamous for its patent trolling towards competitors, and we’ve seen the results of all this drama in recent years when trying to show that Samsung and HTC have infringed its patents. That said, that doesn’t mean that Apple is exempt from being sued by others, and just like Apple lost a patent trial against Nokia, we’ve got another case that just emerged.
IPCom GmbH has just filed a lawsuit against Apple in Germany for $2 billion in damages because the company claims that Apple uses its patented technology to prioritize emergency phone calls on overcrowded networks. The lawsuit reaches German court on February 11th, and this actually wouldn’t be the first time that IPCom GmbH sues a mobile company as Nokia and HTC have both faced issues, and where IPCom GmbH has won and lost in undisclosed cases.
Obviously it’s too early to tell what to expect from this future legal battle. The use of this particular patent is clearly of benefit to consumers in emergency situations, and we wish wasn’t the source of a lawsuit, but hey, a patent is a patent.