Mumbai: The Madras high court on Friday set aside a Monday order by India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) that suspended a patent for dual SIM (subscriber identity module) mobile phones granted to S. Ramkumar, a Madurai- based electronics engineer.
The patent was granted in 2008 by the Chennai patent office. Earlier this week, IPAB had, on an appeal filed by mobile phone importer Spice Mobile Ltd, passed an interim order on staying operation of patent No. 214388.
On the basis of his patent, Ramkumar had sought seizure of imports and local production of multiple SIM card mobile phones by companies such as Samsung India Electronics Ltd, Spice Mobile, and LG Electronics India Ltd, among others.
Ramkumar’s lawyer K.M. Aasim Shehzad told Mint the Madras HC passed the order.