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Android does not infringe on Nokia patent, German court rules

Loek Essers | March 11, 2013
The Android operating system has been cleared of patent infringement in a case brought by Nokia against Android smartphone maker HTC.

"While 974 patent is apparently less important to Nokia than the 120 patent, this decision nevertheless represents another major setback for Nokia in its attempt to license its non-essential patents to Android handset manufacturers," HTC said.

In May 2012, Nokia filed claims against HTC, Research In Motion and Viewsonic in the U.S. and Germany alleging that products from those companies infringe a number of Nokia patents. Nokia wants the companies to pay licensing fees. Nokia settled its dispute with the BlackBerry maker in December when the companies entered into a licensing agreement. HTC however, decided to continue its dispute with Nokia in various courtrooms.

"Nokia respectfully disagrees with the courts decision and we are considering our options," said Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant in an email. "As we said in May 2012, we took these actions to end HTCs unauthorized use of our proprietary innovations and technologies. A further 34 Nokia patents have been asserted against HTC in other actions brought by Nokia in Germany and the U.S. and we anticipate that we shall prevail in these. HTC must respect our intellectual property and compete using its own innovations," he added.

 

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