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Patent claim against Apple worth £1.3 billion rejected by German court

A €1.57 billion (£1.32 billion) lawsuit involving an alleged infringement of a European patent by Apple has been dismissed by a German court today.

The claim by German patent licensor IPCom alleged that the California-based company had infringed on one of its own patents that allowed mobile users to make emergency phone calls when networks are overloaded.

Another lawsuit against HTC involving the same patent was also dismissed by Germany's Mannheim Regional Court.

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Claims to the patent, which was obtained by the German firm from Bosch in 2007, had initially been disputed by Apple and several other firms, though IPCom were confirmed to be the true owners of the patent by the European Patent Office.

Had IPCom been successful with the lawsuit it would have been the highest amount ever paid for a patent infringement.

The result is a boost for Apple ahead of its multi-patent trial against Samsung in March.

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Patent consultant Florian Mueller predicted last month that Apple was most likely to emerge victorious after a Californian judge ruled that Samsung infringed on Apple's auto-correct text patent.

"This time around the outcome is even better for Apple because it now holds an infringement finding in its hand and merely has to defend the validity of the autocomplete patent at the spring trial," said Mueller in a blogpost summarising last month's ruling.