Nokia Starts Off 2014 by Telling HTC to Stop Free-Riding off Other Manufacturers Work; Multiple HTC Phones Banned in Germany

| January 1, 2014 | 14 Replies

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The saga of HTC vs. Nokia in terms of patent infringement continues, this time racking another one for Nokia. Previously several HTC devices were found to infringe on Nokia’s patents for their hi-fidelity audio recording; this time a judge in Germany has ruled that HTC infringed on Nokia’s Bluetooth/NFC patents for data transfer. The judge ruled that any devices using this unlicensed technology be banned from sales, as well as monetary compensation be paid to Nokia for past devices sold. In response to the judge’s ruling Nokia issued a statement, where they wished that HTC’s new year resolution would be to start playing fairly.

“Nokia is pleased that the Regional Court in Munich, Germany has today ruled that any HTC product using Bluetooth or NFC connections infringes Nokia’s patent EP 1 148 681, which covers the transfer of network resource information between mobile devices.


This judgment enables Nokia to enforce an injunction against the import and sale of all infringing HTC products in Germany, as well as to obtain damages for past infringement. This follows another ruling from the same court ten days earlier, which found that HTC products infringed Nokia’s USB patent EP 1 246 071 and granting Nokia right to an injunction and damages against products infringing that patent.

Nokia began its actions against HTC in 2012, with the aim of ending HTC’s unauthorised use of Nokia’s proprietary innovations and has asserted more than 50 patents against HTC. During 2013, Nokia believes it has demonstrated beyond doubt the extent to which HTC has been free riding on Nokia technologies, with HTC found to infringe seven Nokia patents in venues including the Regional Courts in Mannheim and Munich, Germany, the UK High Court and the US International Trade Commission. HTC’s first New Year’s resolution for 2014 should be to stop this free riding and compete fairly in the market.”

As if it wasn’t clear yet, Nokia’s new strategy is to cash in on the insane amount of patents that several OEM’s have been abusing; and so far it’s working.


Thanks for the tip Alvester



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  • Ooh, I hear finger snapping and head bobbing on the last sentence.

  • jiipee

    According to FOSS, there cases are also the start for Nokia to attack Google Maps with patent infringement claims:

    “So far Nokia’s enforcement focuses on devices rather than the Android platform or Google’s services, but a Nokia v. HTC lawsuit in Dusseldorf, Germany, involves Google Maps and Google Navigation, two services that are key to Google’s overall strategy.”

  • Pdexter

    These are just first shots fired.
    Next year Nokia will start dropping those cross licensing deals across the board and in essential be similar to what Qualcomm was some years ago. There was couple of weeks ago analyst comment that they estimate Nokia’s yearly patent licensing deals increase to over 1 billion dollar a year from 400 million. Nokia has officially only stated that it will see “significant” increase in patent income in coming years.

    It is quite funny how especially Chinese and US authorities are suddenly attacking Nokia on this, when Nokia has invested multiple times more to R&D in wireless tech than any other company in this planet. Again, same that Qualcomm did time ago with its much lesser CDMA patent holdings. In heart Nokia is, and has always been a engineering house that really has made it’s mark in wireless, be it GSM, LTE, WiFi standard, Bluetooth sub categories and essential patents, like Bluetooth LE, originally Nokia Wibree.
    Manufacturing of antennas, integrated ceramic antennas used in every device today and the list goes on on Nokia’s over 150 000 patents that many are now cross licensed and essential.

  • Random Random


    Nokia will make more money this way than manufacturing phones.

    This is very good for Nokia.

  • keist

    This is what you do when you are incompetent and can no longer produce smartphones that people like. I will choose an HTC smartphone over any Lumia device any day.

    • Imarius

      so then how do you define stealing other peoples technology and not paying for it ? you better hurry up and choose those GREAT htc phone before alot of them get taken off the market lol.

      in fact I hope you keep buying HTC phones, your the type of customer they deserve as a company 🙂 .

    • Dave

      Yet somehow Nokia appear to be selling more than HTC ….

    • MartyX

      This is what happens when you are incompetent and cannot produce any technology of your own. The last straw is to start stealing the design and technology from others. It will all end at one place – the court room.

  • Me

    Only HTC android phones are affected by this.

  • SD

    Good job nokia

  • If they can increase it from 400million to 1billion.They need to back date all the patwnts over last ten years and get some serious money. Maybe they can the buy back there phone division too.

  • Noki

    As I predicted, Nokia will become a Patent troll, now that’s not producing any terminals its can sue and not be sued back.
    They will do Microsoft dirty work, like a usual Microsoft as a proxie to fight its fights. (not saying that in this case microsoft is puling the strings, they just set the stage in the right maner to things go in a certain fashion).

    Side note from now on Nokia is rooting on the success of iOS and Android since that’s were the patent revenue will come from…

  • Lol! poor HTC.

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