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Apple risks hefty fee in Germany patent trial

Published on Feb 6, 2014 7:59 AM
 
Apple is caught up in a new patent battle in Germany, risking a 1.5-billion-euro (S$2.6 billion) fine at a trial over the iPhone's emergency phone-dialling feature, the regional court of Mannheim said on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (AFP) - Apple is caught up in a new patent battle in Germany, risking a 1.5-billion-euro (S$2.6 billion) fine at a trial over the iPhone's emergency phone-dialling feature, the regional court of Mannheim said on Wednesday.

German patent-holding company IPCom is demanding 1.57 billion euros in damages from the California-based giant in a trial set to start Feb 11 that involves two patents.

The European Patent Office recently approved the validity of one of the patents, which was contested by several firms, including Apple, according to reports.

The IDG news service, which covers technology, said that IPCom has a portfolio of around 1,200 patents in the mobile communications sector.

 
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