Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Mar 2013 09:50 UTC
Legal Nokia has gotten an injunction against HTC in Germany over a patent on a power-saving feature in Qualcomm chips (?!). Nokia's response illustrates why the company started its recent patent offensive: "Nokia is pleased with this decision, which confirms the quality of Nokia's patent portfolio." If nobody buys your phones and your business is failing spectacularly, you have to promote something else of value to paint yourself as an interesting acquisition target. Patents it is, then. If you can't compete, litigate. Update: HTC's statement is pretty damning.
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by Nelson on Tue 19th Mar 2013 13:48 UTC
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It is very much about the money for Nokia. At this point, anything they can do to extent their shelf life is a good move. I'm 100% certain that Nokia would rather settle with HTC and get paid than enforce exclusion orders. There will be damages though, so its a consolation prize.

However these trials don't happen in two days. The wheels for this has been set in motion since before the new Lumia range was even released. Hell, Nokia's first phones would barely have had time to make an appreciable market impact (failure or otherwise) before Nokia might've been considering targeting HTC.

I don't think this patent is particularly dangerous because as HTC rightfully claims, it is an easy design around. Just take the battery hit.

Still, Nokia's patent portfolio is extremely diverse and powerful. I wouldn't be surprised if Nokia and HTC announce a licensing partnership in the near future. They have sunk billions into R&D in a ton of areas over the years, which isn't to be downplayed.

Also, the double dipping comparison isn't the same. Nokia isn't saying that Qualcomm has a license, they're saying that Qualcomm infringes, but going after HTC which is equally liable.

Just like how companies like Apple and Microsoft find Android to infringe but generally go after the OEMs.

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