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Nokia in Germany obtained sales ban against HTC

2014-03-21  |  Comebuy News

Nokia has established a sales ban on all Android devices from HTC yesterday before the Landgericht München I. You are violating a patent for a "procedure for transferring resource information" via NFC or Bluetooth. Judge Matthias Zigann decided despite the admittedly broad system of the patent to judge in favour of Nokia.

Patent blogger Florian Müller it indicates FOSS, that it is not a standard-related patent, it therefore also not must be licensed to FRAND terms. The injunction is also durable – HTC could disappear from store shelves in Germany so indefinitely. Previously HTC going but probably appeal.

The question Nokia Patent EP1148681 might pose a threat for other Android phone manufacturers. It simply describes a procedure to Exchange data between two devices via radio. Although it does not apply to Wi-Fi networks, but also Bluetooth and NFC are omnipresent in the Android world.

Earlier this month HTC could escape a ban on sales obtained by Nokia in the United States through a modification. Such modification would be an alternative to an appeal; It is unclear whether a such technical possibility.

While Nokia and HTC continue their long-standing patent dispute, Apple and Samsung in South Korea reportedly negotiate about a worldwide patent peace. However is just in an exploratory phase in the presence of cartel guards, tried to allow an approach at the level of royalty payments, where both far apart: Apple is reportedly $30 compensation per sold device, which violated his rights.

[with material by Don Reisinger,]

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