Patent lawsuit by Nokia against HTC and RIM

by Dagmark Garcia | Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | 474 views

In its efforts to raise some funds , Nokia Inc. the wounded mobile phone manufacturer has turned on HTC , one of the former allies , in a battlefield for protection of patents  by filing of a lawsuit against the smartphone maker.

In various lawsuits in Germany  spreading over 45 different patents , covering software and hardware and technologies ranging from data encryption to power management , it has launched a capmgain against HTC , tablet-maker ViewSonic and Research in Motion , its Canadian rival.

In the U.S it has filed complaints against Viwesonic and HTC , including the filing against HTC to the International Trade Commission of the U.S .

The moves is clearly a departure from the previous alliance with HTC when the two firms had jointly fought in patent wars against IpCom , the German patent company.

HTC refused to comment on the action taken by Nokia  and has said that they have been a licensee of Nokia’s wireless essential patents for many years and they will wait until they receive the complaint.

The announcement of Nokia’s lawsuits coincides with the ruling of German Court which has charged Microsoft Corp. over infringement of Motorola’s mobility patents.

The world’s largest software company had been ordered to take off its Xbox 360 and Windows & out of the German market.

Rating agencies like Fitch and S&P had a week earlier cut down the credit rating of Nokia to “junk”  , as the firm is battling over declining sales and serious doubts with its product strategy.

Along with Ericsson and Qualcomm , Nokia has one of the largest portfolios of patents in the industry and has been involved in two major legal wars with Qualcomm and Apple Inc. in the past. Even though the terms of settlement with Apple Inc. in 2011 were not  made public , the figure has been put around to be hundreds of millions of dollars.

In its latest complaint to the ITC , it has charged HTC with infringement of nine of its patents and asked for the banning from the U.S market the sales of HTC Inspire 4G , Sensation 4G and several other mobile models along with two tablets.

The patents for which charges have been alleged include  technologies like data synchronization , calendars included , between mainframe computers and smartphones , extension of battery life and making mobile phones compatible with various signal systems.

In the past they have proved their enormous strength in portfolio of patents through making Apple to pay up for infringement and given the fact that HTC is among the lightweights in patent sector , its highly unlikely that they can win the battle against Nokia.

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