Dual SIM Phones in India – Patent Holder Demands Royalty. Imports Halted

Dual SIM handset manufacturers have been asked to stop import of phones as the patent holder (Somasundaram Ramkumar of Madurai) is seeking royalty of Rs. 35/ for every phone shipped to India.

Somasundaram Ramkumar, holds patent (awarded last year) “in India for phones with a plurality of SIM cards allocated to different communication networks” – and since the application is valid for 5 years, companies like Nokia, Samsung, Meridian Mobile and Spice might have to cough up the royalty (source).

Around 100,000 dual-SIM phones are sold in the country every month – @ royalty of Rs. 35/ per phone, you can imagine the value this patent would deliver!

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