Earlier in the week, before the Galaxy S3 swallowed up the entire internet, Nokia decided to launch a fresh batch of litigation against a number of its rivals. Its fired off 11 suits in total against HTC, RIM and Viewsonic covering a total of 45 patents. The company has filed suit with HTC and Viewsonic for US Patent Infringement in Delaware and suits against all three in Germany.
It seems that Nokia – being a company somewhat in trouble – feels the need to bring in some more green by taking a trio of its rivals to court. Something that has become all too common these last few years. It saddens me to see that companies like these giants of the industry bring such suits against each other – of course, if infringement is there then something needs to be done about it but, I ask quite strongly, why now? The timing doesn't exactly shine well upon Nokia – with its Lumia figures not doing as well as they'd like – bringing a suit at this point in time certainly suggests a dire need for cash if you ask me.
Nokia have said that they licenses a number of its patents to over 40 companies of which the parents involved in these fresh cases appear to be unincluded. In a statement from Nokia, Loise Pentland had this to say "Nokia had to file these actions to end the unauthorized use of our proprietary innovations and technologies, which have not been widely licensed". TechCrunch have a thorough breakdown – including the full press release – if you feel like getting your legal on.