Remember the patent wars? Things have cooled down since the billion dollar lawsuit days of mid-2012, but that doesn't mean the war is over.
Nokia has just proved as much by claiming victory in the courts over another faded force in the world of smartphones, HTC, and it could lead to the HTC One being withdrawn from sale here in the UK.
That's because the Finnish firm has scored what a patent expert says is a “major” win over HTC in the hard-to-convince England and Wales High Court, with the patent in question covering a technology used to transmit voice and text messages.
Needless to say, Nokia will now pursue compensation but also wants an injunction against several HTC products in the UK, including the flagship HTC One.
In reality, it probably won't come to that as HTC intends to appeal the ruling and will no doubt either side-step the technology or agree a royalty fee with Nokia for future releases.
While the decision is simply the conclusion of a legal process that has been in the works for months, the timing serves as a useful reminder that while Nokia's devices and services division has been sold to Microsoft, it's patents haven't (though they have been cross-licensed for 10 years).
In other words, unpleasant though this side of business invariably is, expect plenty more of this sort of thing from Nokia going forward.
Via Financial Times