HTC sued by Nokia over remote activation of a device using SMS
The court, which seemed to take a neutral stance at the beginning, was starting to see things Nokia's way. It all revolved around the definition of the word network. Some of Nokia's patents date back to the mid 1990's when the word network referred to a telecommunication network. HTC argues that the patents therefore do not cover today's modern network. The Mannheim court has agreed with HTC's interpretation in past cases, and was not willing to broaden the term network to include telecommunications and internet service. On the other hand, Nokia's patent doesn't say telecommunication's network, it just says network. HTC could say that this means the patent should be defined by what a network was at the time that the patent was issued. Nokia's attorney told the court that the patent covers the end user whose device is controlled by the SMS message and the network being used doesn't matter. A decision will be announced on May 17th, so circle that date in your calendar.