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[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Thu 21st Mar 2013 21:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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I agree. I think you hit the nail right on the head and it is a potential avenue for abuse. However such things also exists in other corners of all types of law.

Its usually up to the Judge to decide what is frivolous and what is actually consistent with the spirit of the law, and there's been evidence that it goes on during patent trials. Sometimes patent assertions will go from 30 to something like 5, or they'll just be dismissed with prejudice outright. From that POV, I think its hard to argue that abuses in the law are actually occurring to such an extent.

HTC isn't a Mom & Pop store. They're also easier to sue, they directly sell the infringing product which makes it easier to argue for damages.

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