May 02 AT 11:28 AM Anthony Domanico 15 Comments

Nokia sues HTC, RIM, and Viewsonic for patent infringement

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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.”

Source: Nokia

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  • jaxidian

    I’m so tired of all of these lawsuits. Really. Not tired of A&M reporting on them, just tired of the tech companies focusing far too much on non-tech. I get that sometimes these lawsuits are necessary, and hell, maybe this one is. That said, I’ve become so numb to all of this BS that really, I’m just tired of them.</rant>

  • clocinnorcal

    Poor Nokia. I bet they are really wishing they didn’t agree to wp7 exclusivity.

  • Oskar Wismierski

    Strange.. Nokia has all those patents and other companies use them better..

  • cwjones4

    I wonder why it took nokia so long to get on the lets sue the pants off everyone train considering they’ve probably had these patents for a while (it’s not like they have done anything innovative lately).

    • redraider133

      I was thinking the same thing. Maybe they are trying to be like MS and strike a deal with these companies since they aren’t really doing that hot with their own phones.

  • Rovex

    I have no issue with companies protecting their IP, IF they are suing over valid patents that cover true innovation. I have a problem with companies suing over stupid rubbish they didn’t actually invent, and yes im pointing at you Apple.
    Nokia has a lot of true innovation in its patent portfolio, whether these are involved in this case i dont know.

  • Dee

    *looks for people who care

  • Joel

    Act of desperation much? Hard to believe they JUST found out that they’re patents were being violated, how very convienent for that hole that they’re in.

    Btw – That LEGO lawyer guy holding a gun as big as his own body is awesome, whats in his briefcase, bullets? Everytime I see him I think ‘Great, who’s sueing now?’ lol

  • Darkseider

    What do you expect from a company run by a microsoft bred executive? Profits down… products suck… SUE!

  • Mix

    Cheaper than innovation!

  • Nathan D.

    Nokia is just in a huge hole that they need to law suit people its Nokia desperately trying to get some easy money it like a bird trying to fly with a broken wrong.

    • Rovex

      Nokia is a great company that makes great phones, the problem is they chose an OS no one was interested in. If they made an Android it would likely be very high on my list.

  • fghfh

    one word…pathetic