After getting an injunction order against HTC in UK ( Though HTC later appealed and convinced the court to continue with imports ), Nokia has now brought a patent lawsuit against HTC in France as well. The patent in question is the same patent over which Nokia has got the injunction order in UK. This has become known after Nokia’s statement, post UK court’s stay action.
“Nokia was pleased that the UK High Court imposed an injunction on certain HTC products which it found in October to infringe a Nokia patent. The UK Court of Appeal has stayed the injunction until a full appeal hearing next year and Nokia welcomes the Court’s invitation for the parties to expedite this. It is unfortunate that the stay means that HTC can continue to benefit from its unauthorized and uncompensated use of Nokia innovations. We look forward to the Court of Appeal confirming that the patent is valid and infringed, lifting the stay on the injunction and awarding Nokia financial compensation for HTC’s infringement.
The same patent comes to trial in Dusseldorf, Germany next month and is also in suit in Paris, France; Rome, Italy[;] and its US counterpart is in Nokia’s second complaint against HTC at the US International Trade Commission. Nokia began its actions against HTC in 2012, with the aim of ending HTC’s unauthorised use of Nokia’s proprietary innovations and has asserted more than 50 patents against HTC in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, UK and US. During 2013, HTC has been found to infringe Nokia patents in venues including the Regional Court in Mannheim, Germany, the UK High Court and the US International Trade Commission.”
With this lawsuit, Nokia is now suing HTC in total 7 countries. It seems, HTC has to finally take a royalty bearing license to Nokia’s patents soon.
Source: FOSS patents