Finnish handset manufacturer,
) has filed additional cases against rival, HTC Corp. accusing
the latter of violating three of its patents. Notably, Nokia and
HTC have been engaged in legal battles for quite some time over
In its fresh lawsuit, Nokia claims that HTC is selling
products in the U.S., which is infringing its terminal, method
and computer program patents that are used for signalling tags.
Espoo-based Nokia also lodged a federal suit in Southern
California to stop HTC from violating its patents and has asked
for unspecified damages.
The new lawsuit is the second complaint to the U.S.
International Trade Commission, as Nokia had earlier filed cases
against HTC for using its power saving technology, which saves
battery life when connected to a network. Nokia has filed similar
cases against HTC in the U.K. and Germany.
Nokia further argues that HTC has not put a halt to its
practices in spite of the Lumia developer winning the case in the
German court. Instead, HTC has shifted the accountability to its
suppliers. These three cases are in addition of the 22 lawsuits
that Nokia has filed against HTC in Germany, alleging that a
number of HTC's products infringe Nokia's patents.
Nokia has the strongest patent portfolio in the wireless
industry and has spent almost $62 billion in research and
development in the last two decades. Furthermore, the company has
patent licensing agreements with around 41 mobile handset
manufacturers, who use its patents. Nokia receives a healthy
royalty from this licensing agreement and would give its best to
protect its interest as the company struggles to regain
Earlier, Nokia had also charged
Research in Motion Limited.
) with a patent case and has been successful in winning it.
Nevertheless, Nokia has suffered some setback in its attempt to
protect its patent. The company lost some patent lawsuits against
HTC in Germany over the use of
) play app and content store client app in the Android-based
Nokia still has some cases impending against HTC, its main
Windows phone rival. Yet, we believe the company will continue to
fight the Taiwanese handset manufacturer to vend off competition
in the Windows based smartphone space.
Nokia currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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