Companies that operate in countries other than their own have to adhere to the laws of the respective nation. When a violation occurs, certain businesses may be prohibited from making sales abroad.
Nokia - the world's largest maker of cell phones in terms of volume - recently lost a court bid in the UK. The legal body ruled that the business could not invalidate a European patent that Germany's IPCom GmbH & Co. claimed was vital to the phone company's handset sales, Bloomberg reported.
"As far as we know, this is the first time that an essential telecoms 3G patent was ever upheld and judged infringed in the UK, a jurisdiction well-known for being very demanding for patent holders," Bernhard Frohwitter, IPCom’s managing director, said in a statement to Bloomberg.
The "268" patent that was being contested covers the prioritization of emergency and security services that are on mobile networks, CNET reported.
IPCom lost the initial lawsuit in 2010, but then applied to the court to allow the previous patent to be amended. The legal body let the company specify the contested licensing document and then reversed the ruling, according to the news source.