HTC and Nokia

Android handset manufacturer ran afoul of courts in 2013, will make payments to Nokia

HTC and Nokia today announced that they've reached an agreement on disputed patents and "explore future technology collaboration opportunities."

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but HTC will make payments to Nokia, according to today's news release. All lawsuits between the two companies have been dismissed.

The April 2013, HTC found itself in violation of a microphone technology that was exclusive to Nokia devices. In December, a UK court ruled that the HTC One Mini could not be sold, but that ban was stayed pending appeal. In December, a German court banned the HTC One over patent issues. There have been other rulings as well.

We've got the full text of HTC's release after the break.

HTC AND NOKIA SIGNED A PATENT AND TECHNOLOGY COLLABORATION AGREEMENT
All Patent litigation between the companies dismissed

Taipei, Taiwan, February 7, 2014 — Nokia and HTC have settled all pending patent litigation between them, and entered into a patent and technology collaboration agreement. HTC will make payments to Nokia and the collaboration will involve HTC’s LTE patent portfolio, further strengthening Nokia’s licensing offering. The companies will also explore future technology collaboration opportunities. The full terms of the agreement are confidential.

“We are very pleased to have reached a settlement and collaboration agreement with HTC, which is a long standing licensee for Nokia’s standards essential patents,” said Paul Melin, chief intellectual property officer at Nokia. “This agreement validates Nokia’s implementation patents and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities.“

“Nokia has one of the most preeminent patent portfolios in the industry.” said Grace Lei, General Counsel of HTC. “As an industry pioneer in smartphones with a strong patent portfolio, HTC is pleased to come to this agreement, which will enable us to stay focused on innovation for consumers.” 

 

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HTC, Nokia sign patent agreement

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I was thinking the same thing, based on the amount of agreements that have been going on. I think this will be a war of manufactures bringing exciting technologies to the market, without being hindered by patents.

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No war. Nokia is thinking about their future after the sale of their handset business. It's in their best interest to licenses their patents now.

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HTC didn't lose entirely. Their LTE patents hold some value. Even Apple found it to be an obstacle prior to the release of the iPhone 5. I'm not sure how that LTE patent dispute ended (Apple vs HTC). Now it seems that HTC and Nokia can act collectively in a sense.

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I would imagine that HTC is going to be able to, if they already haven't, recoup some of that financial loss from their vendor. People seem to forget that it was a vendor that was supplying the microphones to HTC because they had already been making them for Nokia. That's where all of this started. I'm just happy to see HTC cleaning up these messes. It should keep them from having to waste time and resources on all this bullshit. That includes the patent-deal that they have in place with Apple going forward.

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This was not just about the Microphes there was many more lawsuits that Nokia was pursuing HTC over and what Nokia was ruled favourably on, I think 4 separate cases in total

HTC was likely paying for past infringement. That there was cross licensing indicates that no, htc did not in fact 'lose'.

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They lost they are paying Nokia money for past infringements and will make ongoing payments for future use, they a agreed to cross patent going forward, cross patent does not mean they don't have to pay for use. what will Nokia use HTC patents in? they no longer make phones, they mention LTE patents just to save face publicly

Nokia and HTC agree on patent? Is this even real life??

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So nothing happened in the end. Anyone could have predicted this. No unnecessary drama

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Nokia was not sold only their mobile phones business.
Nokia kept their patents and other ventures
they did a licensing deal with Microsoft to allow Microsoft to carry on using them for x amount of years.

There already was unnecessary drama. The court filings, lawyer fees, injunctions, stays of said injunctions.

That and that they did it twice (more than likely the same parts but still)

So much for last years bottom line.

The predictable part was that they were gonna pay up and sign a deal. The hope is that this will make the camera acceptable on future HTC One versions.

It was never about the camera. It started off as an issue with the noise cancelling microphone in the One and then it spread to NFC and BT data transfer. Nokia could have sued pretty much anyone over the NFC issue, but they went after HTC. It's a smart move considering most of the other OEMs are in a better financial position to litigate that thing to death. And there was talk at the time that Google was helping HTC out, as that NFC capability is a pretty big deal in Android.

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I was referring to the license agreement, not the lawsuit

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Goddamnit yet another nail in HTC's coffin, to think that from now on they will have to pay Microsoft even more money than before! Fuck these patents!

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Okay thanks for clearing that up. My point about HTC knocking on heavens door is still the same though.

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Not really. They would have been paying for these licenses anyways. The only reason it's news is because they were already involved in litigation.

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That's like two homeless guys fighting over leftovers

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I think the term "agreement" is being misused this is a "legal settlement". The term agreement is a lil disingenuous

It's kinda both

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No. The involvement of cross licensing makes it an agreement and not a settlement.

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"explore future technology collaboration opportunities"

I'd love to see nokia + htc partner up and develop camera technology to compete against apple and samsung.

so Nokia can focus more on windows platform and htc focus more on android... but essentially sharing tech innovations. Imagine lumia picture quality on htc devices ... oh too good to be true

This part of Nokia is no longer involved with the windows phone part of Nokia.

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