U.K. judge rules against Nokia in patent infringement case

U.K. judge rules against Nokia in patent infringement case
Even though it apparently is about to reveal an amazing new Windows Phone 7 handset as we reported today, for the time being at least, life has been mostly hard for Nokia. And to add insult to injury, a U.K. judge has ruled that two phones produced by the Finnish manufacturer had infringed upon a patent held by German firm IPCom. According to BusinessWeek, the patent dealt with the technology used to connect a handset to a network. The same case is being heard in courts in the U.S., Germany, Japan and Italy.

IPC acquired the patents in 2007 from Robert Bosch. The world's number one automotive supplier, Bosch could not work out a deal 4 years ago to license the technology to Nokia and sold the patent to IPCom. Judge Christopher Floyd sitting in the High Court of London also ruled that a third Nokia phone did not violate the patent. Nokia said it would appeal part of the judgment and the company claims that its current lineup does not violate the patents in question although IPCom says that the two phones that infringed upon the patents are still sold by Nokia.

In a strange twist of events, a couple of days ago Nokia settled a similar case with Apple. The Cupertino based firm will make a one time payment to Nokia and the latter will also receive royalty payments.

source: BusinessWeek via electronista

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7 Comments

1. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

WHAT?? I thought I would never see them lose a case for something like this.

2. ilia1986 unregistered

Nokia must die. Enough is enough. There is no room for a company which dared to make a handset called Nokia XpressMusic 5800 - and call it an iphone killer. Nokia RIP. Then RIM. Then HP/Palm Only Android and iPhone shall remain. All else is crap.

4. hepresearch unregistered

Nokia will die. And I totally agree that Android and iOS will be the only two left standing. For a while I wanted to believe that Nokia w/ WP7 could make a comeback, but I have only become more and more skeptical over time. The era of the "classic" smartphone is long over... PalmOS, WinMo, and S60 are gone forever. Blackberry and Symbian^3 are soon to be replaced. Meego is DOA, at best. WebOS will soon disappear as well, QNX will never truly be adopted, and WP7 will not survive long enough to make a dent in the Android/iOS market. In as much as Android and iOS are, in fact, my least favorite mobile OS's, they are the only two that will survive and continue to adapt. No one else has what it takes to compete in the modern smartphone market.

5. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agreed with both of yall, but lets not count WP7 out just yet. I am biased towards Android tho...lol

7. Nokia Fanboy and Proud unregistered

Are you f**king serious? you're an ignorant idiot. Android and iOS are doing well for now. But lets see where they are in 10 years. Every company falls at some point in time.

3. hepresearch unregistered

Never say never... it seems that Nokia fanboys everywhere are terribly surprised and confused. February 11th was the big surprise for me; since then, I have found that I am less and less surprised all the time. I consider myself a "recovering Nokia fanboy"... who else would like to join me in NFA (Nokia Fanboys Anonymous)?

8. Mike unregistered

Also remember that a patent infringement law suite can be a David-versus-Goliath confrontation. Defendants in patent infringement lawsuits are usually large corporations with unlimited resources, while plaintiffs in patent infringement lawsuits are often individuals or small businesses with very limited resources.

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