Nokia says that HTC's first New Year's resolution for 2014 should be to "compete fairly"

Nokia says that HTC's first New Year's resolution for 2014 should be to
A few days ago, we told you that Nokia had won an injunction in Germany against all of HTC's Android flavored handsets. In order to have the sales ban put in place, the Finnish based OEM will have to post a bond of 400 million EUR ($550 million USD) just in case HTC is victorious at the appellate level. This means that HTC has now been found to infringe on seven Nokia patents in courtrooms around the world.

While most of us make resolutions to lose weight or stop smoking, it would seem that Nokia thinks that HTC needs to make a resolution for the New Year to "stop this free riding and compete fairly in the market." Perhaps Nokia is hinting that the only way out of this mess for HTC is to start licensing talks with it. So far Nokia has concentrated on HTC devices, but its next move might be to go after the entire Android platform.

There is talk that Motorola has started licensing talks with Nokia and we all know who that company calls Daddy. If Google feels compelled to protect Android through licensing Nokia's patents, who is to say that HTC won't follow suit. Google might have a reason to be worried. An upcoming Nokia vs. HTC trial in Dusseldorf  will include Google Maps and Google Navigation.

The complete statement from Nokia follows:

source: FOSSPatents



1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012


2. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

this makes me not want to purchase a nokia phone... this malarkey

15. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

malarkey.. lol

53. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

We dont really care about what you want to buy . DO IT NOKIA !

63. Sonny_09

Posts: 49; Member since: May 24, 2013

Judging from your avatar, i highly doubt you will ever buy a nokia though.

3. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

It seems Nokia has forgotten their own bright past what turned to a huge failure.

22. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

You can thank Elop for that. From a glorious bright past to a gloomy dark future.

4. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

When does protecting IP become trolling? Where is the line drawn between legitimately suing an offender and trying to sue as a means of competition?

59. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Whether they are protecting their IP or not, this is just plain wrong. To put it into sports terms, I'd call this unsportsmanlike conduct. If HTC really is "an offender" than the law suit is fine, however unfortunate it might be. But this comment is just not okay.

5. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Game of Phones

32. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Coming to TLC in 2014.


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

And their new year resolution should be not to bash every company all the time and focus on their products. I remember how those morons posted a picture of jelly beans in a bowl on the eve of the lumia 920 announcement saying "tonight we dine on jelly beans" implying that they will end android. What do they think of themselves?!

9. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Tell them to do it again so Kitkat can sue them for copyright infringement. They deserve it, they are just as bad at Apple with their patents.

33. SleepingOz unregistered

Hahaha! I remember that! They got drowned in the JB ocean.


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

+1 Android over anything else!

7. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

So how much times did Nokia lie in their ads. Thought so u terrible excuse for tech. HTC this year might not beat every company in terms of sales but definitely Nokia will be beaten. Zero respect to Nokia

8. alvinsloan

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

i don't know why patents exist. patents just stop people from producing something. just because another person has already produced that.

11. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

The new patent law is killing that off when it gets passed.

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

says the person with no idea how anything of patents etc works.

35. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Patents are there to protect a persons work, and make sure they're compensated for it. The problem is many of these companies are using them to set the players in the industry, to try to eliminate their competition. Competition is supposed to happen on the sales floor and be determined by the consumer, not in the courts by a jury. These lawsuits ensure that consumers will pay more, because these companies have to recover their costs somehow, and CEOs rarely take a pay cut. The solution, get rid of this negotiating the amount they're worth and have a set number that patents are worth. They could even go so far as to have different values depending on the importance of the patent, and a set of criteria that determines what value they get. Expecting these companies to negotiate reasonably is like expecting 5 year olds to act like adults.

40. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

The current patent system has no concept of prior art, as this case demonstrates. Patents protect just those companies with tons of money and zilch of innovation, raising the financial bar to competition. All the while, consumers lose choice and are gouged.

10. DanielWalsh1294

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

LOL at Nokia. They have completely forgot that they are @#$5 and had to be saved by Microsoft to avoid bankruptcy. Also choosing Windows Phone has really payed off for them. Android would have saved them, but Nokia was always arrogant. Nokia sucks balls.

18. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Okay, I get the sentiment, but I don't think that there is a single item in your statement that's actually true.

36. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'd say the bankruptcy part is true. And they very well could've supplanted Samsung as the main android OEM, but that's purely speculation. I know I would've been all for a Nokia running android.

55. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Nokia was never actually close to bankruptcy though. They always had a sizable amount of cash on hand, and were engaged in a series of cost cutting measures. They absolutely needed to change or risk calamity in the future, but Microsoft money wasn't keeping them out of bankruptcy. Samsung had too big a lead, and is a more "complete" company. Nokia might have had an opportunity with Android, but the best case scenario was always that they would end up behind Samsung.

44. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Nokia sucking balls seems quite accurate actually. It sure would explain their sales.

56. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Does LG suck balls? Motorola? HTC? All of them have lackluster sales. Heck, Motorola has taken a page out of the Nokia handbook and is targeting the lower end. This is a two horse race, and sales don't have a direct correlation with quality.

12. Ayron

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 01, 2014

Nokia is so troll...they are just mad they can't make a half decent phone. How about they stick to improving their own products, and leave other companies alone


Posts: 99; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Apple and its panic attack law suits against Samsung is utter paranoid behavior due to lost market share that continues to disappear.Samsung is beyond what Apple could dream of being.

16. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Aaaand that is another company on my list of brands I will never purchase from. Stop being so pathetic Nokia

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