Nokia gunning for HTC in fresh 32-strong patent complaint
Nokia has declared war on fellow Windows Phone manufacturer HTC, issuing 32 patent complaints against the Taiwanese manufacturer
After recently settling its on-going patent dispute with Apple, HTC is now in hot water with fellow Windows Phone manufacturer Nokia, which has filed 32 distinct patent complaints against the Taiwanese manufacturer.
Nokia’s 32 complaints with HTC will be spread across five venues in Germany and the US.
‘In the United States, Nokia is suing HTC over 18 patents in Delaware, 8 of which are also being asserted at the ITC (where some further streamlining will occur as Nokia confirmed in a recent filing),’ said Florian Mueller on his Foss Patents blog.
He added: ‘Nokia is suing HTC over the German parts of 17 European patents (10 in Mannheim, 4 in Düsseldorf, 3 in Munich). Three patents are being asserted on both continents.’
HTC already pays out patent royalties to Microsoft and Apple, and it’s looking increasingly likely that it will soon be paying over cash to Nokia, which will further squeeze its margins. And with decreasing handset sales and market share the effects of this latest spat could be disastrous for the company.
To see a full list of Nokia’s 32 patent complaints, check out Mueller’s blog.