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German court dismisses patent suit filed by Nokia against HTC

HTC LogoNokia has been on a rampage lately, filing patent suits against HTC all over Europe. This ultimately led to the HTC One Mini being banned briefly in the UK before the Court of Appeals gave HTC a temporary breather by allowing sales of the smartphone in the region. Nokia’s battle against HTC continued as it filed a suit in Germany for a different patent, but surprisingly, the German judge has dismissed Nokia’s allegations against the Taiwanese manufacturer.

Nokia’s allegation was pertaining to patent EP0804046 which deals with “method and apparatus for updating the software of a mobile terminal using the air interface“. So as it stands now, HTC is the happier of the two companies, at least as far as this patent infringement suit is concerned. Most of these patents are region specific and since Nokia basically is part of a patent consortium, it has access to several patents worth millions of dollars. Nokia was a bit upset with today’s hearing as is evident from the statement it gave out shortly after the hearing by the judge from the Regional Court in Munich.

Nokia respectfully disagrees with the judgment of the Regional Court in Munich, Germany, which today ruled that HTC products do not infringe Nokia’s patent EP 0 804 046. Nokia is considering an appeal of this decision. However, this does not change the fact that the same court found in December 2013 that two other Nokia patents were infringed by HTC products, enabling Nokia to enforce injunctions against the import and sale of all infringing HTC products in Germany, as well as to obtain damages for past infringement.

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. Since then, Nokia believes it has demonstrated beyond doubt the extent to which HTC has been free riding on Nokia technologies, with HTC found to infringe six 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.

Source: FOSS Patents

Via: Phone Arena