The number of patent infringement cases has grown again this morning. In an official press release, Nokia has announced that it is suing RIM, Viewsonic, and HTC for violating as many as 45 Nokia patents. The Finnish handset maker has filed a complaint to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) against HTC, filed US patent infringement suits against HTC and Viewsonic in Delaware, and suits against all three companies in Germany.
Nokia currently licenses its affected patents to over 40 companies, indicating that HTC, RIM, and Viewsonic are not among those companies. Nokia wants the companies to either join their licensees, or compete using their own technologies, but felt a patent infringement suit at this time was necessary in order to enforce its intellectual property.
Of course, with Nokia so deeply in the hole with no short-term end in sight, it’s clear Nokia is doing all it can to bolster its bottom line, and easy-win lawsuits are obviously at the top of their list. Should the companies be found to be in violation of Nokia’s patents, there would be cash exchanged by means of a settlement, and the companies would be forced to either license Nokia’s technology or build it in-house.
The cases should come to court over the next few months, though we may see an ITC ruling on the matter before then. We will, of course, bring you the updates as it pertains to the cases against Android fan favorite HTC as the cases develop. Stay tuned.Show Press Release
Nokia takes new steps to protect its innovations and intellectual property
Espoo, Finland – Nokia has filed claims in the United States and Germany alleging that products from HTC, RIM and Viewsonic infringe a number of Nokia patents.
“Nokia is a leader in many technologies needed for great mobile products,” said Louise Pentland, chief legal officer at Nokia. “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 unauthorized use of our proprietary innovations and technologies, which have not been widely licensed.”
Nokia’s actions include a complaint to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) against HTC, suits against HTC and Viewsonic in the Federal District Court of Delaware, US, against HTC and RIM in the Regional Court in Dusseldorf, Germany and against all three companies in the Regional Courts in Mannheim and Munich, Germany. In total, 45 Nokia patents are in suit in one or more of the actions.
Nokia proprietary innovations protected by these patents are being used by the companies to enable hardware capabilities such as dual function antennas, power management and multimode radios, as well as to enhance software features including application stores, multitasking, navigation, conversational message display, dynamic menus, data encryption and retrieval of email attachments on a mobile device.
“Many of these inventions are fundamental to Nokia products,” Pentland concluded. “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 unauthorized use of our inventions.”