In recent past Nokia has won many injunctions against HTC in various patent lawsuits. In Germany, they have secured one more win with Mannheim Regional Court finding HTC infringing over Nokia patent EP1579613 on a “method and apparatus for enabling a mobile station to adapt its revision level based on network protocol revision level”.
This patent injunction win takes Nokia’s tally to 4 in only Germany and this is the 3rd win in last two months. Nokia has also won an injunction in UK and famously quoted that “HTC’s new year’s resolution should be to stop infringing Nokia patents”. Well, HTC has taken no heed, if this latest patent injunction is any indication.
Nokia has released following press statement on this win,
“Nokia is pleased that the Regional Court in Mannheim, Germany has today ruled that HTC products infringe Nokia’s patent EP 1 579 613 B1, which enables modern mobile devices to work in older networks.
This judgment enables Nokia to enforce an injunction against the import and sale of all infringing HTC products in Germany, as well as to obtain damages for past infringement. This is the fourth patent found infringed with injunction awarded in Germany.
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. Since then, Nokia believes it has demonstrated beyond doubt the extent to which HTC has been free riding on Nokia technologies, with HTC found to infringe several Nokia patents in venues including the Regional Courts in Mannheim and Munich, Germany, the UK High Court, the Tokyo District Court in Japan and the US International Trade Commission.”
Source: FOSS patents