Nokia continues to dominate over HTC in the field of legal battle, this time at Germany, where the company won in a lawsuit against HTC for infringing its EP 1578613 B1 patent.
In the lawsuit, Nokia claimed that its patent related to “method and apparatus for enabling a mobile station to adapt its revision level based on network protocol revision level” has been infringed by the HTC. That means, the patent is related to the technology which helps the newer handsets to communicate to old networks.
However, HTC already licensed Nokia’s SEP (Standard-Essential Patent), but the patent is question is apparently not this one, but relates to it.
Now, with the new outcome of the legal battle with the Taiwanese smartphone-maker, Nokia has been granted an injunction to ban the import and prevent all infringing HTC smartphones sales in Germany. Additionally, HTC will be paying the damage to the Finnish phone-maker, which is not revealed yet and the exact amount will be revealed after the next separate proceedings by the court.
In late-December, the similar proceeding created a chance to impose ban on all HTC Android smartphone sales in Germany, where the company claimed that HTC smartphones infringed their patent EP1148681 by using the peer-to-peer sharing via Bluetooth and NFC.
This is not the first time, HTC has been slammed for patent infringements since many months in many countries worldwide. In UK, Nokia managed to impose the ban on HTC One smartphones and in another separate case it imposed ban on HTC One mini smartphones in the same country.
[ Source: FOSS Patents ]