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Ericsson Strikes Deal in IPCom Suits Against Wireless Providers

March 15, 2022, 4:56 PM

IPCom GMBH & Co. KG has reached a deal to end patent infringement claims against AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., and Sprint Spectrum LP related to their use of Ericsson Inc. equipment.

AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint were sued by IPCom in October 2020, accused of infringing patents related to cellular wireless networks. Ericsson and Nokia of America Corp., which supply the wireless providers with equipment, intervened in the suits.

IPCom’s infringement claims against AT&T, Verizon, Sprint involving the use of Ericsson equipment have been resolved, the parties said in a court filing. Judge Rodney Gilstrap in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas paused the cases with regard to Ericsson in an order Monday, giving time for dismissal papers to be filed.

The settlement doesn’t end IPCom’s claims against the wireless providers as to other equipment and doesn’t impact Nokia.

Germany-based IPCom owns various patents related to 3G, 4G LTE, and 5G technology. Nokia and Ericsson sell equipment to Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon that was accused of infringement. The companies demanded indemnification of all costs and expenses incurred in the suit, according to court documents.

IPCom is represented by Dechert LLP and Ward Smith & Hill PLLC. Ericsson is represented by Alston & Bird LLP and McKool Smith PC.

The lead case is IPCom, GMBH & Co. KG v. AT&T Inc. et al., E.D. Tex., No. 20-cv-322, 3/14/22.

—With assistance from Laurel Calkins.

To contact the reporter on this story: Matthew Bultman in New York at mbultman@correspondent.bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Renee Schoof at rschoof@bloombergindustry.com