Judge's ruling on patent interpretation could lead to a ban on Android tethering
posted by Alan F. / Mar 24, 2013, 3:19 PM
just one element of the patent. For example, Google was hoping to get the judge to accept its view that the patent required the connection involved to be connected to both analog and digital equipment at the same time, something that is not done with Android tethering. Instead, the judge said that "the device tests which network is available and transmits on that mode, whether the mode is analog or digital".
Remember, the only thing that has been decided at this point, is how to interpret the patent involved. As we said earlier, the trial starts in two months and HTC and Google can try to claim prior art, which might be difficult since it would require finding some reference to thethering from the early 1990's. Or HTC could simply deny the infringement and if that fails, it can ask the 6 member ITC commission to overrule the judge. And if that fails, a ban on Android tethering could ensue. Or, as is most likely, Nokia will be receiving royalty checks from HTC. In case you're wondering, Apple and BlackBerry have already settled their legal difficulties with Nokia.
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Nokia will never be able to use Android OS, if Nokia win the case. Nokia will go bankrupt with Windows Phones.
posted on Mar 24, 2013, 6:26 PM 16
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Nokia's defending its 16K patents which defined the industry, whereas apple uses its late-to-the-game patents to bully others for baloney disputes
posted on Mar 24, 2013, 9:39 PM 13
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You mean attacking the idea of FRAND in crossplatform features. These idiots saw htc's weakness when they reached a settlement with apple so they went all-in to try to get something too. Why they do not sue apple for tethering? or samsung? Nokia didn't make any stand out stuff rather than consumer friendly phones since the late 90s. They didn't created mobile phones, nor gsm, nor cdma nor any breakthrough technology that defined the industry. Just user friendly phones and leaded symbian development. What would had hapened if palm sued nokia for coping features from palm os to symbian? This patent war has turned so childish
posted on Mar 24, 2013, 9:49 PM 6
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Agree. Some of these people just don't get why research companies defend their hard-earned patents. You work on an idea, invent and discover something. If someone steals that idea or discovery won't you feel sad? You'd want it back right? Or at least you benefit from it. Nothing wrong with Nokia suing others. Apple, Blackberry and others have already agreed to pay to use some Nokia patents. Nothing wrong suing the competition.
posted on Mar 25, 2013, 5:31 AM 2
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Oh it's funny blackberry and apple can settle but google can't. Time to pay up google. Just imagine just a $1 for every android tablet and phone ever sold is a win win.
posted on Mar 24, 2013, 3:35 PM 15
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Nokia are in desperate need for resources
posted on Mar 24, 2013, 3:41 PM 17
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Google shouldn't have to settle. Google doesn't make the phones, therefore it isn't in control of whether or not tethering is in your device. (This is an educated guess, not a fact, but) Most people probably don't even use the tethering feature on their phones because it requires a higher monthly bill.
posted on Mar 24, 2013, 5:09 PM 6
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Agree. But Google may not have to pay since it doesn't make phones and profit from it (also pointed out by quesoesgrande#23). However when Nokia starts suing the Android OEMS and starts winning, Android will definitely lose market share and revenues that's why Google acted as co-defendant. They ought to lose big that's why they're helping HTC.
posted on Mar 25, 2013, 5:36 AM 1
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Android been out since when? And they want to ban tethering now?
posted on Mar 24, 2013, 3:39 PM 14
Nokia is just getting around to them, it seems. I imagine Microsoft goaded them into it, such Android is such an easy target, given that very few features weren't developed elsewhere. I truly expect to see Nokia go for the jugular, especially since their mobile IP treasure trove is probably one of the most diverse and deep in the industry.
posted on Mar 24, 2013, 3:53 PM 3
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Who uses tethering? Presumably 'tethering' is when there is a hardwire connection between the computer and the mobile device. Every 'connection' I have recently seen between a computer and a mobile device operates by wireless link, as in WiFi. All HTC would need to do is disable the tethering function and they would seem to be good to go.
posted on Mar 24, 2013, 10:00 PM 1
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