Source: Nokia seeks ban on HTC 8X?

Source: Nokia seeks ban on HTC 8X?
Once again we're talking about two handset manufacturers entangled in a patent related lawsuit with one charging that the other one copied the look and design of the other's devices. But this time we're not talking about Apple and Samsung. Heck, we're not even talking about iOS and Android. And strangely enough, the phones involved have not been launched, nor has the particular build of the OS involved. As you might have guessed by now, this legal issue involves Windows Phone 8 models produced by Nokia and HTC. According to a source who has proven reliable in the past for Redmond Pie, Nokia is thinking about suing HTC, alleging that the Taiwan based manufacturer copied the look and design of the Nokia Lumia 820 with the HTC 8X.

The source says that Nokia is preparing its case to get the HTC 8X banned in certain areas. Nokia is said to feel strongly that the front face of the HTC 8X looks like the front of the Nokia Lumia 820, followed by the side-curves on the phone's body.

Besides the Nokia Lumia 820, the Finnish based handset manufacturer introduced the Nokia Lumia 920, its Windows Phone 8 flagship model. And besides the HTC 8X, HTC announced the HTC 8S. Nokia introduced its new Windows Phone 8 line two weeks before HTC introduced its new line and all four models are set to launch in November after Windows Phone 8 launches. This means that if Nokia does want to get HTC's prospective Windows Phone 8 flagship model banned, it is going to have to file with the appropriate courts and agencies soon.

source: PC-Tablet.com, Neowin via RedmondPie


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102 Comments

1. Waffleny

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

I think this is quite silly. Of course all windows phones are going to look very similar. We shouldn't be fighting our allies over it though. I hope nothing comes of this because I look forward to seeing both handsets become successful

13. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Well... That escalated quickly! That said, there were so many comments about the HTC 8X being Lumia-esque and the 8S being Sony-esque, I'm not surprised. All are appealing designs, and the 8X in blue, especially in the press shots showing that curved pillow-like edge (one of the most common descriptions of the N9 and Lumia 800 at launch) I find very appealing, but after my experiences with the T-Mobile G2 (aka HTC Desire Z) and HTC Sensation, I wouldn't again put my own money towards one, when that money could instead ho to the superior Nokia. Imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, but I don't see the 8X very Lumia-esque, less so than the apple ipod little. Hence, I'm not sure it's worthwhile for Nokia to pursue it, IF indeed the rumors are true, especially as the zWP8 OEMs should be reasonably supportive of others who are promoting the platform.

15. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

its really silly! but nokia wanted to differenciate itself by its colorful lumias! and we all know that HTC's phones are all black and white! so i guess nokia just want to protect its design! and besides they are granted by these dress code of its lumia!

93. aoikemono27

Posts: 177; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Wow that's even worse than Apple! Colors cannot be patented. That is silliness to the highest degree! And HTC has used other colors before, like red and plum.

22. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

really? nokia? i thought you would never pull the apple card

24. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

well playing safe is good in business! and besides, they somehow have a reason to sue them coz these new HTC really looks like a lumia! but if i were HTC, i should go to the design of oneX! its really good looking! and dont ressemble to a lumia! but same polycarebonate body!

57. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

not to mention, HTC make Windows Mobile/Phones before nokia! so by the looks of it HTC is bored by its own design and copy nokia's joyful colors and design!

94. aoikemono27

Posts: 177; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Copy colors? REALLY??? And the 8X actually has a california blue. The Lumia 920 doesn't have any blue variant at all.

64. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I'm still bugged Nokia had to do this! I know it's business and stuff but...this is sad!!

69. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

you cant blame nokia. they put everything on the line for WP. they need every chance to be back on top...im also bugged.but its just bad timing because they are in a critical state now.

95. aoikemono27

Posts: 177; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

So they are gonna sue their way back on top? That's the tactic of a small-time troll, or if they feel threatened. If they were so confident in what they created, why are they suing? HTC has never been a big seller of Windows Phones and the design of the 8X is clearly based off of the One X. You cannot patent colors, or round square fronts with generic Windows buttons that every manufacturer must adhere to.

102. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

did they start suing already? don't assume yet that they will sue.

82. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

of course they would. now they say "YOU CAN'T COPY OUR COLORS". Color phones aren't PATENTED

114. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Nokia is not the company you used to know, 2011 was the year the real Nokia faded.

35. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

War of the ankle-biters. Nokia and HTC should be focused on driving sales. Otherwise they run the risk of dominating a universe of nothing. Apple and Sammy didn't start their fight until the market value of the segment they play in was north of $10 billion/year. The WP7/8 universe is worth what, $10 million/year at present?

62. thelegend6657 unregistered

Still disappointed HTC should have slapped wp8 on a HTC One X body . 8X and 8S is not as good as the rumourd elation though

63. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Yeah. I thought Nokia was better than this. They better not sue anyone for this, or I may change my mind about wanting a Lumia...

76. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

What else we can expect from an android troll? Other than support copycats and thiefs? You guys are so used to it,that it doesnt matter.

96. aoikemono27

Posts: 177; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Oh wow now I've seen everything. A Nokia fanboy attacking an alleged Android troll. Wasn't Apple suppose to be the universal enemy? You guys have to combine forces ya know!

103. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I dont like the new iPhone 5 as it doesnt offer anything really new. It is just enchanced ip4. Atleast I respect Apple for its own design and some innovations. I own the new iPad and love it. No I dont hate Apple. HTC & Samsung are nothing but cheap copycats. old sammy even admits it. Android itself is "a stolen product".

2. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

This definitely wouldn't help Microsoft but Nokia does have the right to protect their designs. I can tell the difference between the two but there is a resemblance

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Microsoft makes more money off licensing their patents for Android than they do off their own Windows phone line. Nokia shouldn't really be concerned with HTC selling more since both more than likely will not be big sellers anyway. Both are wasting money with silly lawsuit that they could be spending trying to advertise Windows Phone 8 and getting their phones to sell.

41. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

But you always say if they copy they should be punished. But now it's okay? That's mighty hippocrytical.

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I didn't say it was ok.

66. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Maybe but your comments obviously it was.

67. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

It is not Samsung this time.

97. aoikemono27

Posts: 177; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

This is the internet. Hypocrisy is like the milk from a mother's teet! And you spelled hypocritical wrong! /spelling troll

51. mobileharan

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

But both phones launched almost at the same time .. So how can this be a copy !!!

3. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Actually most of my friends said that 8X looks like 820 but didn't think it will become a lawsuit.

4. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

this is awesome

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