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Nokia scores an injunction on all HTC Android devices in Germany

Finnish firm notches another legal victory
Thu Jan 02 2014, 12:55
HTC One Mini

A COURT CASE in Germany has ended favourably for Finnish phone maker Nokia, with the firm having been granted an injunction against all of HTC's Android devices.

A German court ruled this week that HTC infringes Nokia's patent EP1148681, which covers a method for transferring information that allows users to directly connect two devices over Bluetooth or NFC.

This patent is not standards essential, which means that Nokia does not have FRAND licensing obligations and can seek a ban on all infringing HTC devices.

According to the ruling, Nokia can enforce the injunction on a provisional basis, and force the recall of all infringing HTC devices from the market. In order to do so, the firm must post a bond of €400m.

Nokia unsurprisingly is pleased with the ruling. It said in a statement, "Nokia is pleased that the Regional Court in Munich, Germany has today ruled that any HTC product using Bluetooth or NFC connections infringes Nokia's patent EP 1 148 681, which covers the transfer of network resource information between mobile devices.

"This judgment enables Nokia to enforce an injunction against the import and sale of all infringing HTC products in Germany, as well as to obtain damages for past infringement. This follows another ruling from the same court [10] days earlier, which found that HTC products infringed Nokia's USB patent EP 1 246 071 and granting Nokia right to an injunction and damages against products infringing that patent."

HTC has yet to release a statement, but the firm has said that it will appeal the ruling. Google has got HTC's back too, and is clearly concerned about the ruling - having filed a nullity complaint that challenges the validity of Nokia's patent.

Nokia and HTC have faced similar battles in the UK. Towards the end of last year, Nokia was granted an injunction on the HTC One, HTC One Mini and HTC One Max smartphones for infringing its EP0998024 patent, described as a "modular structure for a transmitter and a mobile station". However, thanks to a successful appeal by HTC, its devices still remain on store shelves. µ


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