Nokia GmbH v IPCom GmbH & Co. KG, High Court, 20 February 2012, Case No. HC09C04868, Neutral Citation Number:  EWHC 225 (Pat)
In the latest of a long line of patent cases between IPCom and Nokia, Mr Justice Floyd held that IPCom’s proposed amendments to its patent be allowed in order to preserve validity but that none of the claims of the amended patent was in any event essential to the UMTS, GSM or LTD mobile telecommunications standards. The case was relatively unusual in that neither infringement nor validity of the patent as granted were directly in issue. Rather IPCom sought to maintain validity based on three alternative sets of amendments, whilst Nokia sought a declaration that the patent as granted or as proposed to be amended was not essential to various standards, implying that it was possible to sell a device which conformed to that standard without infringing the patent.