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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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Soulbender on Wed 20th Mar 2013 04:32 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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Nokia isn't saying that Qualcomm has a license, they're saying that Qualcomm infringes, but going after HTC which is equally liable.


This pretty much sums up what's wrong with the current patent legal system. Actor X can be sued by Actor Y for an infringement by Actor Z simply because Actor X happened to use a product made by Z.
It's even worse since this apparently also applies to regular consumers (personal as well as corporate) so I could be sued by Sony for an infringement in a Samsung product that own. How in the hell can consumers be expected to understand and be aware of these things? It's like someone went "Hey, you know those protection rackets the mafia runs? How can we make that legal and available to companies?".

This is wrongheaded beyond belief.

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