Nokia scores patent win over HTC, could see the HTC One withdrawn in the UK

Nokia scores patent win over HTC, could see the HTC One withdrawn in the UKRemember the patent wars?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victory in the courts over another faded force in the world of smartphones, HTC, and it could lead to the HTC One being withdrawn from sale here in the UK.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

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supermetroid  Oct. 31, 2013 at 21:14

Nokia... just die already...

shuwaz  Oct. 31, 2013 at 22:05

Nokia... just die already...


Mike73  Oct. 31, 2013 at 22:10

Good on 'em I say, Nokia have spent considerably more on research and development over the years than any other mobile phone company, so why should they put in all the effort just for others to come along and steal the technology. If the courts found in their favour then there must have been a good reason.

This isn't like Apple suing over the shape of a phone or trying to patent the layout of a shop.

satchef1  Oct. 31, 2013 at 22:19

There's a vast difference between cases like this and the Apple/Samsung squabble (hence why Nokia are actually getting results). On several occasions now Nokia have managed to demonstrate that their patents are valid, aren't standards-essential (i.e. HTC could have worked around them, as other companies do), that HTC has breached the terms of the patent without permission and that HTC has not paid or attempted to pay a license fee.

This is an example of patent law working. If the handsets do get banned then it's HTC's fault, plain and simple. They will have to foot the bill for either working around the patent(s) or negotiating a license with Nokia. Why should one company be granted free rein to do as it pleases while others follow and respect (parts of, generally not involving the paying of tax) the law? Why shouldn't a company have the right to protect its own designs, ideas and technologies, where they can be demonstrated to be original and non-standards-essential?

If HTC weren't guilty then why do courts keep finding them guilty? The High Court of England and Wales is usually pretty thorough - a win there is usually a pretty strong sign that you're in the right (and you'd expect most of the cases in other country's to follow in a similar manner).

mightyforest  Oct. 31, 2013 at 23:52

If you created something and someone else then sold it to make money pretty sure anyone would be a bit peed off. If nokia didnt sue or pursue the case then it opens everyone up to start using each others patents making patents useless

HTC are stupid ( if they knew in the first place what they were doing)

supermetroid  Nov. 1, 2013 at 00:31

Should'nt the case be against Qualcomm n Broadgate i.e. the chip manufacturers?

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 1, 2013 at 08:40

Nokia... just die already...

At this point chances are HTC will go first....

Stelph  Nov. 1, 2013 at 10:53

Almost makes you want to have a HTC One if youre not supposed to have one. Almost.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 1, 2013 at 11:04

Yeah, be a rebel, buy a £500 gadget! That'll teach the man

mrew42  Nov. 1, 2013 at 11:19

Nokia... just die already...

At this point chances are HTC will go first....

Mmm, Where did I put those nails? (HTC = High Tech Coffins)


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