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Dual-SIM Handsets Standoff: Vendors Take On Patent Owner Who Seeks Rs 35 Royalty Per Phone

In a landmark development, eight phone importers including Samsung India Electronics and Spice Mobile have united against the patent owner of dual SIM handsets. Dual SIM Mobiles Dual SIM phones are those that have two SIM card slots, allowing users to use multiple connections simultaneously on the same device. Dual mode phones, on the other hand, let you access two technologically different networks - GSM and CDMA. Both use the same principle of incorporating 2 SIM card holders in a handset. According to Business Standard, an estimated 100,000 dual-SIM phones are sold every month in India. The Inventor Somasundaram Ramkumar from Madurai had filed a patent for dual SIM card mobile phones in 2002 at the Indian patent office and was awarded the patent last year. His patent application can be viewed here. He had approached the Office of the Commissioner of Customs of Chennai Airport to stop clearing shipments of the phones until he receives his royalty fees. Royalty Patent owners are to receive a mutually agreed upon payment for use of their ideas in a commercial product, which is called a royalty fee. In India, the concept of acknowledging ownership and copyrights is still rising and patent awareness is poor, even amongst corporates. To give a sense of the amount, royalty fees on computers and consumer electronics is 2% of the MRP, but in the telecom sector, royalty fees range from 2-10%, according to Wikipedia. In this case, Ramkumar is said to have asked for Rs 35 per…

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