), the Finnish handset manufacturer, won a lawsuit against
Taiwan's HTC Corporation in Germany. HTC had been accused of
infringing on Nokia's power saving patent.
The German court agreed with Nokia's arguments that HTC has
violated its power saving technology, which saves battery life
when connected to a network. Nokia could also enforce a sales ban
by posting a $6.5 million bond and also possess the right to
The case is one of the 22 impending lawsuits that Nokia has
filed against HTC in Germany, alleging that a number of HTC's
products infringe Nokia's patents. Nokia has also filed similar
lawsuits against HTC in UK and USA's International Trade
Commission. The U.S. hearing is expected to start in two months'
HTC has argued that the ruling is not of much significance as
the company has already stopped selling the handsets, namely,
Wildfire S, Desire S and Rhyme. HTC has also decided to challenge
the court's decision. However, Nokia recently lost a patent
lawsuit against HTC in Germany over the use of
) play app and content store client app in Android based
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 the wireless patents.
Nokia has also charged
Research In Motion Limited.
) with a patent case and has been successful in winning it.
Although Nokia still has a dozen of patent infringement claims
against HTC, We believe. Nokia will be satisfied with the
decision as it only adds to the series of patent wins that the
company has received in the last couple of years. The decision
will strengthens Nokia's position against HTC as the company
continues with its attempt to increase the popularity of Windows
Nokia currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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