No one looks good when it comes to patent-related bickering, but clearly Nokia doesn’t give a kerap.
The Finns have just filed patent infringement lawsuits against Taiwan’s HTC, Canada’s Research In Motion, and ViewSonic from the United States of America. Yep, it’s World War III.
There are reportedly no less than 45 patents at the heart of Nokia’s beef, covering a range of stuff including dual-function antennas and data encryption methods.
“Many of these inventions are fundamental to Nokia products,” purred Louise Pentland, Nokia’s chief legal officer. Incidentally, she studied law in Newcastle upon Tyne. So there you go.
Louise continues: “We’d rather that other companies respect our intellectual property and compete using their own innovations, but as these actions show, we will not tolerate the unauthorized use of our inventions.”
Shades of Apple CEO Tim Cook, who recently said: "I've always hated litigation. I continue to hate it. I just want people to invent their own stuff.”
We imagine any resultant licensing deals would be more than welcomed by Nokia, which recent posted pretty lousy Q1 results.
Asked for comment by AllThingsD, HTC said: “HTC has been a licensee of Nokia on wireless essential patents since 2003. We are waiting to receive a complaint and won’t have any comments until our legal team has received and reviewed it.”
RIM declined to comment, while ViewSonic gave an emphatic cold shoulder, presumably while working on another dual-OS tablet that no one will ever buy.