Nokia wages legal war against HTC, RIM and ViewSonic on two continents

Nokia wages legal war against HTC, RIM and ViewSonic on two continents
Nokia is undergoing tough times as it loses its Symbian followers and burns cash quickly, but it’s not only a defense game that Nokia has to play. The Finns have launched a Windows Phone offense, and while this was off to a not so impressive start, Nokia has decided to sue HTC, RIM and ViewSonic for patent infringement in the US and Germany.

Nokia has waged legal war on the three companies with 11 separate lawsuits concerning 45 pattents in virtually all spheres you can think of starting with antennas and power management, and going into software and application stores.

Nokia has filed a complaint against HTC at the US International Trade Commission (ITC), and a number of lawsuits in Delaware, Dusseldorf, Manheim and Munich, Germany. 


Previously, Nokia won a huge intellectual property case against Apple and estimates showed that the Finns got over $600 million in settlement money. Data shows that Nokia is still the biggest patent holder in the mobile industry, but it hasn't been the loudest one in court. This latest series of lawsuits could change that.

source: Nokia

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34 Comments

1. byb786

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

i don't get it just because they are not in good times doesn't mean that they can blame others for it

4. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

I don't get it Why are there 12 year olds in this website.

10. byb786

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

im 16 dumbass

11. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

And your what 16?

26. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

you are is not your

28. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

oh dude please don't start the grammar nazi stuff, it's the internet not english class

29. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

and the same can go for you its dude, not dood see how silly your being?

13. HugeTroller

Posts: 80; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

i dont get it why are you so childish?

19. rnk.khch

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

What are you talking about? Others are stealing from them!! You expect them to not react?!!! Really?!!!

34. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

If you think sueing others is bad then why do we need patents office. They are to protect intellectual property. If you think Nokia is playing bad how about others who are stealing someone else efforts. If someone steals yours idea or work let me know how good you feel. Nokia never sues anyone for fun.

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Data shows that Nokia is still the biggest patent holder in the mobile industry, but it hasn't been the loudest one in court." Apple doesn't have so much patents, but screams like a... "Data shows that Nokia is still the biggest patent holder in the mobile industry..." That's why Microsoft is so interested in Nokia.

3. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

You mean you think m$ wants to buy Nokia ?

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I don't know if it will happen, but it is reliable that it may happen, because Nokia hold a lot of patents and has famous brand name also at the moment Nokia is surviving not the best of times. So, Microsoft may try to buy Nokia.

17. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

There is already someone from m$ at the head of Nokia. It would be interesting if m$ buys Nokia as google bought Motorola. Maybe Nokia will not die or maybe they die faster

18. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Or maybe it will be revival of Nokia, just with other owners, new OS, new strategy.

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Or at last it may try to buy Nokias stocks.

12. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Not that they want to buy Nokia, I would say its because ms thinks Nokia is the only company with a portfolio that would keep even Apple at bay, and for now that works, but I'm almost positive that once Windows phone really picks up and starts eating some of apples profits, the law suits will start flying around

14. HugeTroller

Posts: 80; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

no, Microsoft & Apple have cross patent licensing back in the 1990s PC era.. Apple will never sue Microsoft.

16. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

yea, apple wouldnt have a good product without samsungs help, and that didnt stop them from trying to shut down sammy, apple has proven time and time again that profits are everything, and they will stop at nothing to eliminate any competition, so if ms booms and it starts to effect apples margins, apple will take it to court Just look at the current court cases, apple hasnt attacked google directly, they just go after the top andriod vendors, so whos to say they wouldnt do the same with windows? by that i mean not go after ms itself, but attack who ever is the top vender, ms isnt stupid, they most likely saw that that is how apple reacted to andriods big boom, so they went with nokia knowing that they have a very large and deep protfolio to fight apple just in case

25. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

u have point here but lets not forget that APPLE maybe king but MS is titan of IT industry more then 80% of world is using MS products one way or other and APPLe is like grain of sand in front of MS . so APPLE wont make stupid mistake. and yeah samsung is only a manufacturer but MS is more then that

20. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Totally wrong! Because: "In patent law, a cross-licensing agreement is an agreement according to which two or more parties grant a license to each other for the exploitation of the subject-matter claimed in one or more of the patents each owns." And that's mean this Apple and Microsoft cross-licensing agreement talks not about all patents! This Apple and Microsoft cross-licensing was about: "Apple agreed to make Internet Explorer their default browser, to the detriment of Netscape. Microsoft agreed to continue developing Microsoft Office and other software for the Mac over the next five years. Microsoft also purchased $150 million of nonvoting Apple stock, helping Apple in its financial struggles at the time." (1997)

21. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Very true, and even if it were about patents, apple would get away with lawsuits because they wouldnt be directly suing ms

27. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

BINGO!!

5. stipe

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

They must pay !!!!

7. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

i am sure they are the biggest as far as patents go moto and nokia have been around since the beginning and i remember when they were THE ONLY ONES

9. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

While its a shame that a company like nokia have been reduced to this it is essentially their own fault for teaming up with a flundering os called windows mobile. Its a very though future for nokia

15. putes

Posts: 38; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

It is a sad day for Nokia... Lawsuits like these are an act of desperation.

22. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

Well, first of all as i recall Nokia is selling really good with the Lumia line, well at least they tell us that they do. So that bull with the WP7 offensive... is just stupid, and how come you desided that Nokia are not selling well so they started sueing? Sorry but your logic is just... dumb.

23. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

HTC have to pay if they want to sell phone as major pattents holder is Nokia. The pattents are valid not the same as Apple pattents. Problem is that HTC is not making a lot of money unlike Apple which they get over $600 million in settlement money. I only don't understand is why the phone maker is the one need to pay, why not the chip maker itself. They are the one who manufacture the circuit.

24. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Aww this is ugly

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