Nokia alleges that HTC One infringes on its patents; sales ban possible

Nokia alleges that HTC One infringes on its patents; sales ban possible
Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia has filed with the ITC claiming that HTC is infringing on its patents. Nokia says that the Taiwan based HTC is trying to push off responsibility to its suppliers. The patents involved seem to deal with chips made by Broadcom and Qualcomm and are used on the popular HTC One. HTC's flagship Android model has sold 5 million units but could be part of an ITC exclusion order if Nokia is successful in court. This is the second Nokia-HTC case to be heard by the ITC with the first case set to kick off this month.

With Nokia handsets no longer the most popular in the world (that title goes to Korean based Samsung), the company is turning to its IP portfolio to try to get some cash. Another suit filed against HTC in San Diego covers three separate patents for a "terminal, method and computer program product for interacting with a signalling tag." Nokia alleges that HTC uses this patent in ten smartphones including the Facebook Home powered HTC First and the HTC One.


You might remember that last month, a court in the Netherlands held HTC blameless for the use of a dual-membrane microphone part for the HTC One that Nokia had an exclusive on thanks to a deal it had with ST Microelectronics. The latter mistakenly thought that the exclusivity period had expired and sold the parts to HTC in violation of a deal worked out between Nokia and ST Microelectronics. HTC is being allowed to use the remaining inventory of parts it ordered since it acted in good faith.

Confidential lists of exhibits filed by Nokia with the ITC

Confidential lists of exhibits filed by Nokia with the ITC


source: FOSSPatents via ZDNet

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72 Comments

1. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

I called this happening over a month ago and got downvoted. Here you go its finally happening just like I said it would.

11. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

NOKIA should pick on somebody their own size... They wouldn't dare challenge Samsung with copying... Poor HTC, getting kicked around from every direction, by these OEM's. their already paying Apple $8.00 a phone. Come on Nokia. :/

30. esperanza

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

their already paying Apple $8.00 a phone.

39. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The latter mistakenly thought that the exclusivity period had expired??? sounds some bias here, it's not a mistake; ST Microelectronics just want to earn and thought that Nokia won't check HTC One but they've been caught..

48. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

HTC is in a big trouble... HTC First is a huge loss.... one doing good but not enough ..... in this era of huge competition no one mercy anyone

38. Klevis88

Posts: 12; Member since: May 15, 2013

Nokia has the biggest patent portfolio of all those companies. Nokia beat Apple in court. Samsung has no innovation of its own. Its software is from Google and the parts it supplies to other manufacturers are paid in full when they are bought. Samsung has nothing to go against Nokia.

50. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

56. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

fu%^ htc...when Nokia was in trouble everybody laughed at them so what do you expect now?

17. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Why dislikes?

42. Hemlocke unregistered

I didn't downvote you, nor am i going to do so now. The fact is, this threat by Nokia is as hollow as Samsung's threat to sue Apple for LTE. If Broadcom and Qualcomm are licensed for the IP, then HTC is too because the licensing is included in the purchase contract and price. Why do you think no Android OEM has had any luck suing Apple? They purchase from licensed manufacturers.

43. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Just because you called it, doesn't mean that Nokia is going to get a sales ban on HTC. A more likely outcome will be that the suppliers to HTC will get tagged with sales bans if they don't have a license agreement with Nokia. Unless Nokia can show that HTC has deliberately used suppliers as cut-outs, then HTC has exposure. Proving such a claim absent a smoking gun, is going to be a stretch, however. I suspect that Nokia is feeling some pain from HTC if they are resorting to litigation as a business strategy.

51. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

good job shatter. i was wondering how nokia was simply dismissing htc's obvious blunder. nokia did the smart thing. waited for htc to make some bling

2. papss unregistered

For f)ck sake.. Just stop the ridiculousness already.... Get the real copy cat SS. They all could sue over something that SS copied.

3. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

There is nothing illegal that about Samsungs "copying." What HTC did is illegal and I hope they get what they deserve.

40. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Hdshatter,you always troll on HTC articles and bash the company anytime possible. This is clearly not the fault of htc

49. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

HTC is the worst smart phone manufacturer in the world right behind apple.

72. TheBitterTruth unregistered

too much bad ass nowadays

52. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

it wasn't the fault of htc? i guarantee htc knew nokia had some partnership, they either ignored it or was duped by its supplier. i am guessing the former

57. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

not? I think they were aware of what kind of technology Nokia uses. And when they were offered the same they agreed. So they are partially guilty.

5. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Talk about irony. I hope you realize that the company from your profile pic does the same thing. (EVERYONE COPIES and there is nothing wrong with that.) And this post has nothing to do with "Copying" -_- Like what @HDShatter said, HTC did not ask Nokia for permission (they "mistakenly" used parts that Nokia patented or owned) and they are trying to shift the blame to its supplier.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If it's the same parts as in the trial overseas, Nokia neither owns or had patents on the parts, they have an exclusivity deal with the supplier, and the supplier broke that agreement (by mistake, as reported). It was the suppliers fault, HTC was not privy to the terms of their agreement.

33. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Thanks for some feedback. So I guess HTC is not to blame after all (unless they knew about the agreement and broke it anyways). Some of the patents Nokia is using to sue HTC is ridiculous!

12. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Maybe Volkswagen should sue you by using their emblem without their written permission. How does it feel now you copy cat?

32. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Have to say, that gave me a laugh but that wasn't my point lol All car manufacturers have 4 wheels on their cars. Whoever came out with that idea should sue others for copying right? NOPE.

58. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

it's about a specific part of technology. Keep your irony for yourself.

15. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Nah, Popss I don't think so... Samsung has already gone through a "Thremonuclear War" with Apple, and still have plenty of cash on hand, too beat down poor Nokia. @ Papss

36. SleepingOz unregistered

You should definitely avoid PA when you're having your period, buddy. Based on your stupid logic; IBM should sue every smartphone company, Sharp should sue them for making phones with camera sensors and Samsung should sue them for making MP3 supporting phones.

64. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Before a year being a apple hater was trend... Now the trend is to be a samsung hater... You guys will always hate the big fish unless it's your favourite....

4. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Ooooh snap its the clash of the titans now...well apart from apple and Samsung....this should be interesting

6. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Ugh...

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