Louise Pentland, chief legal officer at Nokia said, “We have already licensed our standards essential patents to more than 40 companies. Though we’d prefer to avoid litigation, Nokia had to file these actions to end the unauthorized use of our proprietary innovations and technologies, which have not been widely licensed.”
Nokia’s actions include:
- A complaint to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) against HTC;
- Suits against HTC and Viewsonic in the Federal District Court of Delaware, United States;
- Suits against HTC and RIM in the Regional Court in Dusseldorf, Germany;
- Suits against HTC, RIM and Viewsonic in the Regional Courts in Mannheim and Munich, Germany.
In total, 45 Nokia patents are in suit in one or more of the actions.
Nokia claims the infringed patents cover aspects such as dual function antennas, power management and multimode radios, as well as to enhance software features including application stores, multitasking, navigation, conversational message display, dynamic menus, data encryption and retrieval of e-mail attachments on a mobile device.
“Many of these inventions are fundamental to Nokia products,” Pentland concluded. “We’d rather that other companies respect our intellectual property and compete using their own innovations, but as these actions show, we will not tolerate the unauthorized use of our inventions.”