Nokia cries patent 'Havoc!', unleashes dogs of law on two continents
HTC, RIM and Viewsonic face slavering Finnish pack
Nokia has filed suit against HTC, Research in Motion and Viewsonic in two different countries all in one day.
The Finnish phone firm announced today that it had filed claims in both the US and Germany alleging that products from the three firms infringed on a number of its patents.
"Nokia is a leader in many technologies needed for great mobile products," Louise Pentland, chief legal officer at Nokia, said in a canned statement. "We have already licensed our standards essential patents to more than 40 companies.
"Though we'd prefer to avoid litigation, Nokia had to file these actions to end the unauthorised use of our proprietary innovations and technologies, which have not been widely licensed."
The mobile maker kicked things off with a complaint to the US' International Trade Commission, which can ban the import of patent-infringing products, about HTC. The Taiwanese company also features in a suit filed in court in Delaware and a case started in Dusseldorf court.
Nokia is also suing Viewsonic in Delaware and taking RIM to court in Dusseldorf and has launched a suit at all three companies in the courts of Mannheim and Munich.
The firm is citing 45 of its patents in total against the companies, which deal with dual function antennas, power management, multimode radios, app stores, navigation and data encryption amongst other functions.
"Many of these inventions are fundamental to Nokia products," Pentland claimed. "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 unauthorised use of our inventions."
As its popularity in the mobile market has waned, Nokia has been staying afloat with the help of sizeable revenues from royalties for its intellectual property. As one of the old-guard handset makers, it holds a lot of cards in the patent game that modern smartphone manufacturers still need. ®
I'm guessing Nokia saw the HTC One
And realized how crap their "smart"phones were in comparison.
As a last ditch resort, they figured they may as well sue anyone with anything...
Also my crystal ball predicts that only Android HTC phones will infringe these patents, and the stockroom dust gathering HTC WIndows Phones will be fine by pure coincidence...
Re: I'm guessing Nokia saw the HTC One
And this is why people are abandoning Nokia right left and centre. They had some fantastic stuff, and instead of nurturing it they literally threw it all away. Now they have a mobile OS from another company that has a reputation for being crap, and no one wants to touch it.
Re: I'm guessing Nokia saw the HTC One
@Voland's right hand.
What rubbish. The N95 came out before the original iPhone, it had 3G, GPS, and a great camera (for the time), TV output, multi-tasking, and it allowed applications to be installed. I don't believe that the original iPhone had any of these. Oh yeah, it also had basic features available on almost every phone such as MMS.
The N95 was so far ahead of its time with respect to the hardware, even in its slightly chunky package.
To phrase your sentence as if Nokia were competing with a phone that wasn't yet released is silly.
I also had no big problems with the N95. While the later firmware updates did improve the memory usage (particular demand paging) to allow more multi-tasking, it was still very functional before that.
Obviously the iPhone had a much bigger screen, a touch screen, looked better and was a lot less technical to use, but if you knew what you were doing, the N95 blew it out of the water with features. Satnav would be an obvious example.
(not any kind of fanboi, btw, I happily switch to whatever platform is most useful for me at the time, and I'm certainly not using Symbian any more!)