SZA defends Sisvel from lawsuit of Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH (IRT) before Mannheim Regional Court
A team of Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz led by Prof. Dr. Jochem Reichert, Dr. Thomas Nägele and Dr. Marc Löbbe successfully defended the Italian patent licensing company Società Italiana per le Sviluppo dell' Elettronica, S.I.SV.EL., S.p.A. (Sisvel) before the Regional Court of Mannheim against an IRT-claim essentially for payment of around 276 million Euro.
From 1996 to 2017, Sisvel had handled patent exploitation for IRT in return for an agreed lumpsum fee that had been adjusted several times over the years. This also included patents which Sisvel exploited in a patent pool for MPEG audio technology. Sisvel had succeeded in enforcing licenses for this pool also against users of MP3 technology.
In support of its action filed in the autumn of 2017, IRT essentially claimed that Sisvel had allegedly paid insufficient royalties to IRT over the years and wrongly kept IRT in the dark about the success of the patent pool for MPEG audio technology. The Mannheim Regional Court did not follow suit and dismissed the action entirely on September 16, 2019.
The Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz team consisted of Prof. Dr. Jochem Reichert (Corporate/Mannheim), Dr. Thomas Nägele (IP/IT/Mannheim), Dr. Marc Löbbe (Corporate/Frankfurt) (respectively acting as leading coordinators) as well as of Dr. Simon Apel (IP/IT/Mannheim), Dr. Dorothee Klement (Corporate/Mannheim) and Jakob Groh (Corporate/Mannheim).
SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Dr. Marc Löbbe Taunusanlage 1 60329 Frankfurt am Main Phone: +49 69 976 9601 201 Mail: Marc.Loebbe@sza.de
Dr. Michaela Balke Otto-Beck-Str. 11 68165 Mannheim Phone: +49 621 4257 205 Mail: Michaela.Balke@sza.de