HTC to appeal decision as Google works to invalidate the patent altogether

Nokia has snagged yet another patent victory against HTC in German court today. Following a trial hoping to prove that HTC's Android-powered phones infringed Nokia's patent for transferring data over NFC or Bluetooth (that'd be Android Beam), Nokia walks away with a complete sales ban of all of the Taiwanese company's products in Germany. Nokia is not required to license patent EP1148681 as it isn't required for basic functions of the phone, but we can think Nokia would be willing to accept some money to stop further bans. 

Understanding that Nokia's litigious efforts may be of harm to the entire Android ecosystem, Google has been working to invalidate the patent to keep these kinds of bans from happening. Additionally, rumor has it that Motorola and Nokia are in talks to license the patent in the meantime. As we would all expect, HTC will be appealing the ruling to try and put its devices back on sale in one of the most important European markets.

Source: FOSS Patents; Via: Engadget


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Nokia patent trial ends with ban of HTC Android device sales in Germany


its sucks for nokia more. they are about to lose their remaining friends' good will. We didn't like apple doing it either.

It is easier to go after a smaller company to establish precedent, then go after the big fish. that and easy money

The software alliance did that a few years ago going after the mom & pop operations but they never got around to the bigger guys.

And Nokia's next phone release is an android phone too. So will they sue themselves next?

I get it though, go after a smaller company that cost less to take to court, and if they win, they can establish evidence to every other manufacturer using the same designs and bigger for more money. Would love to see the patent date and their devices that use it. I have not seen a nokia device with nfc.

I can't possibly boycott them more. I haven't bought anything from them ever. Although I did let 2 purchases pass by my face.
Oh no!!...
I caused this. I brought down HTC.

initially, apple had a case. samsung was blatantly copying not only the hardware but the design of the phones as well. then it got ridiculous. nokia is making a fuss over a tiny peace of hardware no larger than a screw.

Well, you can pony up like HTC did by making a license agreement with Apple (no doubt involving HTC paying some royalties) which gives HTC the privilege to make phones that use the same shape like the iPhone without being sued.

Flat screens, rectangular devices with rounded corners, why haven't TV Manufacturer's gone after apple for copying their design?

Yeah. I'm sure people are sooooo confused when holding an HTC One and an iPhone in their hands...

I'm not sure you know what you're talking about.

Apple vs. Samsung isn't the same as Apple vs. HTC. I don't think trade dress has been in any case for Apple outside of it's issues with Samsung.

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Nokia's patent isn't about using a specific piece of hardware in a phone, it's about a process of transferring data between two devices over NFC or Bluetooth...

which is absolutely pathetic.. This also is a process that transfers data between 2 device when you do Tap and pay(NFC) via google wallet in store.

I'm sorry but what exactly are those processes? Is there a specific way of sending files over NFC and bluetooth?

Happy '2013s'

Not just Htc basically with this victory they can start going after the bigger fish ie: Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony they all use this technology because it's an android feature called "android beam"

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F*** you nokia and your patent trolling. try producing a phone someone actually wants for a change. then again, i suspect this is what decadent companies do.

Nokia, makes VERY good phones, that many want.

And as for the patent trolling, I think its wrong, but they do own the parents so they have the right to sue should they chose.

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Your saying their selling more smartphones than they ever have? Does that include more than what they sold when they were King of the mobile world?

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Uh, not really. Take a look at how many Symbian phones they were selling before they announced to switch to windows phone.

Less than 10% market share quantifies as "many" wanting Nokia's WP's?

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Read about the case before your fuck Nokia comments. Not all patent claims are trolling. HTC dug their own hole here and are paying the price.

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Nokia screwed themselves by not embracing Android, fell behind and are trying to dig out on other OEMs backs.

I am not saying that what they are putting out there isn't valid, because I didn't read the suit, but they are looking for the courts to force HTC to settle on Nokia's terms.

It doesn't help that HTC is chum in the water either

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No, just cannot include everything that no one cares about. Maybe version 2

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I can't allow myself to like a comment by a "male" wearing a bra!!! Smh!!!

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Nokia could have made a great Android phone, and the Lumia hardware is nice.

We obviously are not Windows phone people... So we really cannot say much.

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Aight. Bluetooth is so much easier and you can do it from your own spot. And with cases preventing NFC happening. Bluetooth seems like a no-brainer.

Truer words have never been spoken. I think Dasani would do better then Blackberry if their was no water left in the world.

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The Chinese, seriously.

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Sales bans should only be allowed if it can be proven that it is the patented technology that is causing monetary damages to the patent holder.

In other words that it can be shown that someone purchasing the HTC One because it has Bluetooth. If it didn't have Bluetooth they would have purchased a Nokia device.

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That's like saying you can only prosecute someone who burglarized your house if you can prove that the burglar benefitted from the items he stole.

Patent wars are starting to get out of order.
There are only so many ways you can draw a square.
Patent law suits should make logical sense

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That's not really how it works, though. A patent covers a technology, not whether or not another company actually profits or gains sales from use of that technology. If a company uses patented tech without licensing it and doesn't make money from it that doesn't mean that they haven't infringed on the patent.

And lets be clear that this isn't a patent on the use of Bluetooth, it's a patent on using NFC or Bluetooth to transfer data between two devices.

I don't get how/why only HTC devices are being attacked when basically every new android device has the functionality. Maybe they're just picking on HTC for some reason?

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Probably the pecking order since HTC is smaller than other Android OEMs and most vulnerable right now. Maybe they're jealous HTC got the red dot award for it's windows phone. Cheap move by Nokia to stifle competition. Now that they are Microsoft owned they may go after others which is why Google is finally stepping in. I hope to enjoy more HTC products in the future so naturally Nokia can go @#$% itself.

Ok, this is one thing I will never understand, this implies that HTC knowingly and willfully violated the patent. They basically said screw it, we're going with this functionality even though Nokia has it patented. If it was unintentionally violated then how can that mean that you are not allowed to sell ANY of your devices.

I also don't understand why these can't be a ban until software is updated to remove the offending technology.

These types of patents definitely stifle, rather than promote, innovation.

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Its up to the companies and court to decide if it was within HTC's scope of power to find if Nokia (or anyone else) had a patent on the technology they were using. If its found that HTC could have reasonably known that the software they were using was infringing, than the suit can still go through whether they technically "intended" to violate the patent or not.

And of course HTC can appeal this decision, and while that process goes on the devices are likely to not be pulled from shelves or halt sales. Surely the promise of a software update to remove the functionality could be taken as a fix to the suit as well.

just adopt Apples methods if possible seeing as they have a license to use them.

I know for a fact that Apple have a peer to peer NFC patent.

Is it a patent on the specific handshake used - or just the *idea* of using bluetooth or NFC to transfer files?

Because if it's just the idea, what's the difference between 'beaming' files over NFC or over IR like old Palm Pilots did? Does every new technology enable a new set of patents just for being the first to move an existing process from an older technology to the newer one (i.e. 'on a phone' vs 'on a computer)?

Bluetooth and NFC may be worthy of patents. Simply *using* them is not. Why can't patent offices get that through their thick skulls?

Wow. messed up by doing an Apple. You just sank to the bottom of my list.

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If you made something you wouldn't want others using it for free without you agreeing... So why should Nokia.

Companies are forever taking others to court over thigs... that's just how it is. HTC did a few naughty things with their boomsound technology that turned out to be pinched from Nokia too.

Does that mean the stores are not allowed to sell HTC Android devices starting today? At least until they pay Nokia a large sum of money?

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Mmm not really. This ban obviously doesn't go into effect immediately. HTC has a chance to submit an appeal and if it is deemed at all likely to be successful, the ban will be postponed until that appeal process.

So I wonder if I will ever get to buy or use a HTC M8( HTC ONE v2). I really hope they don't go the way of Blackberry.... I've been with HTC since the apache and ppc6800...( Mogul) pocket pc. I was stoked about updating it to Windows 6.1... Haha. I miss Altell. Hope HTC makes it out of this hole . I guess my next phone may be Motorola??? Happy New Year's to all.

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Pretty sure the comments section has more lax rules than the forums. Also, I'm not sure if moderators have power in the comments sections.

Which is a shame. I hope the new filters cover swearing.

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What a crap shoot for Nokia. I understand the need to have patents and protect them. But I don't agree on not licensing the patent.

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lol,its amusing to see that the folks in wpcentral are like "Go Rock!!!!" and on AC everyone is "Poor HTC.F*ck Nokia":-)

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Well Apple has shown to perfect the "if you can't win in the marketplace, pursue in the court system", Not surprised to see Nokia (cough, cough, Microsoft ) doing the same.

Android is slaughtering iOS and WP.

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Well yes and no. Windows Phone is growing faster then any other operating system. iOS is above android in the us.

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had Nokia embraced the Android OS, it could have been the world's biggest phone maker right
now. Instead, it allowed itself to be prostituted to Microsoft for money.

How many people are buying Windows phones? Not that many. Even less in the near future.

Actually, Windows Phone is growing like any other platform. Of course, right now it doesn't mean much but it will eventually. Windows Phone is stronger then the iPhone on Spain, France and Latin America. I live in Colombia and I see many of them (Not as many Androids obviously). Underestimate might not be the smarter move. However, this move is pathetic and not what we would expect from Nokia.

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I've been thinking to buy Nokia but not anymore, I hate those who wants to hit the market by banning other brands..

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Question: I thought Samsung had this feature too? I've seen it in their commercials. Maybe it's not the same thing, I may be mistaking.

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If Motorola licenses this patent from Nokia, doesn't it hurt Google's attempts to invalidate it?

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Anyone know if HTC one prices have dropped and where to get a good deal. Think I might skip the nexus 5 and get a better camera on the HTC

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I thought the Bluetooth protocol is an alliance how could Nokia have sole ownership of the patents

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Samsung does not use NFC or BT file transfer for Android Beam. Samsung uses NFC to connect devices whilst Wi-Fi Direct is responsible for the data transfer and they call it S Beam. So I don't know if a case exists there at all?

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Since Microsoft now own Nokia, what did you expect. Microsoft have basically taken their Scroogled campaign to a new level (unless this Ban on HTC selling devices in Germany also includes HTC Windows Phone Devices as well).