HTC loses 4th patent case against Nokia in Germany

imageFosspatents reports that the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany has once again found HTC guilty of infringing on one of Nokia’s patents, this time for  a “method and apparatus for enabling a mobile station to adapt its revision level based on network protocol revision level”.

The court has ordered HTC to pay damages and also ordered an injunction against the importation and sale of HTC’s products in Germany.

Nokia commented:

“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.”

FossPatents suggests its about high time HTC takes out a royalty-bearing license from Nokia.  Such licensing will be essential going forward for Nokia’s survival as part of its Advanced Technologies IP holding division.

Read much more at FosPatents here.

Thanks Satish for the tip.