HTC loses yet another patent battle to Nokia, complies to redesign phones
As it appears, smartphone manufacturers HTC and Nokia don’t see eye to eye. The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer has lost yet another lawsuit over a patent, to Nokia. As a result of which, HTC will be redesigning those phones.
This isn’t the first time that these two companies have wrestled over a patent. In fact, since 2012, Nokia has filed over 50 patent lawsuits against HTC. And now, a German court has declared that HTC has infringed one of Nokia’s patents (EP1579613) for a “method and apparatus for enabling a mobile station to adapt its revision level based on network protocol revision level”.
HTC defied this ruling, noting that the patent in question is no longer being used in Germany. The company now says that it will make the necessary changes. “We are investigating modifications for our handsets to remove this redundant technology,” the handset maker says. The manufacturer believes that its redesign won’t create much inconvenience to the users.
“Nokia is pleased that the Regional Court in Mannheim, Germany has today ruled that HTC products infringe Nokia’s patent EP 1 579 613 B1, which enables modern mobile devices to work in older networks,” the Finnish company states.Further reading: HTC, Nokia