Nokia to take action against HTC over 32 patents

Just a few days ago, HTC and Apple announced that they'd reached an agreement over a long-standing patent dispute, originating two and a half years ago when Apple filed suit against the Taiwanese manufacturer. With the ink barely dry on that paperwork, HTC is now facing another round of patent battles, this time against fellow Windows Phone OEM, Nokia.


HTC Windows Phone 8S (left) and render of unreleased Nokia Windows Phone (right)

Foss Patents reports that Nokia is suing HTC over a total of 32 patents in the US and Europe. The patents cover a range of technologies from "calendar-display apparatus, and associated method, for a mobile terminal" to "method of operating a navigation system using images" and "communication network terminal supporting a plurality of applications".

Four court hearings, including three full trials, have already been scheduled to hear Nokia's case against HTC before the end of the year.

Foss intellectual property analyst, Florian Mueller, believes that the Taiwanese manufacturer may have no recourse here: "Based on how both parties fared against Apple, it's easy to see that Nokia will win this and will most likely receive a higher per-unit royalty from HTC than Apple receives from HTC."

One analyst suggested this week that HTC's payments to Apple may amount to around $6-$8 USD per device.

Source: Foss Patents | via WPCentral

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Nokia has the largest patent portfolio on mobile technology of any company worldwide. Their portfolio mostly consists of non SEP and so they can basically ask whet they feel they should for these. Companies like Apple use many of these patents and pay Nokia a lot of money for a license. HTC is about to do the same and will possibly end up in a cross licensing deal like Apple has with Nokia.

As stated in an earlier response, Nokia has been in this field for a loooong time and has, to name one thing, invented GSM technology. They also have huge stakes and patents on technology in all other wireless communication fields and are part of the largest network construction company in NSN.

Also, as said, these patents have nothing to do with the looks of HTCs current WP offerings, they have everything to do with the inner workings of cell phones which most parts were originally created, designed and invented by Nokia.

Not surprised ... the phones are really similar. Why HTC .. Why you have done that.
That's bad of HTC. Nokia have no other choice.

To be fair to Nokia, they are one of the old masters and are likely to have patents for stuff they came up with in the early days of mobile phones.

Depends what they are arguing though. Could be unfair.

I was watching Food Inc yesterday and was astonished to learn that a company had a patent for some soya seeds and that there is a law preventing natural seeds from plants born out of those patented seeds to be used.

I don't know if it's true but one thing is sure the patent system needs a reform and the sooner the better or it will become almost impossible for the small guy to start a new company.

Being in the farming business its quite true. We buy genetically altered seed that requires a license to grow it. Sure you "could" save the seeds and grow next years crop with it, but since the seed has genetic markers, they know if you are growing in upon inspection and then would sue you. I don't even disagree with this, their technology went into making the seed, and since seeds are self replicating, they would own the tech in the generations of seeds after it.

LaP said,
I was watching Food Inc yesterday and was astonished to learn that a company had a patent for some soya seeds and that there is a law preventing natural seeds from plants born out of those patented seeds to be used.

I don't know if it's true but one thing is sure the patent system needs a reform and the sooner the better or it will become almost impossible for the small guy to start a new company.

Yeah but how can you own a natural process ? I simply don't understand how it is even possible.

Anyway it's off topic. Anything can be patented these days. It's scary imo.

LaP said,
I was watching Food Inc yesterday and was astonished to learn that a company had a patent for some soya seeds and that there is a law preventing natural seeds from plants born out of those patented seeds to be used.

I don't know if it's true but one thing is sure the patent system needs a reform and the sooner the better or it will become almost impossible for the small guy to start a new company.


ahh, good old Monsanto, it's like the Apple of agriculture.

Ok a picture is shown here suggesting this is about the look of the HTC phones compared to a Nokia prototype lockup. Nowhere in the article suggests this is the case, to the contrary it lists the actual patents and none cover anything to do with visual design. Sigh!

There's not a single patent in this case that relates to the phones physical design, so the picture in the article is misleading

Today's it's not about having the best products but having the best lawyers instead (and the money to pay them).

LaP said,
Today's it's not about having the best products but having the best lawyers instead (and the money to pay them).

But Nokia does actually have the best product in this area right now.

Could it just be that HTC have actually used Nokia patents without permission.