Nokia is really stepping up their patent trolling game this week in their ongoing battle with HTC. In the wake of a filing with the International Trade Commission regarding infringements on RFIC (radio frequency ID) which seem to involve almost every device that HTC has released in the last year, Nokia on Thursday filed a second patent complaint.
In this second filing it looks as though the primary goal for Finnish company is to have all imports into the United States of HTC's 2013 flagship device, the HTC One, halted. What Nokia did was basically add six more patent complaints that pertain specifically to the One in addition to the already filed 44. The New complaints are as follows:
U.S. Patent No. 6,035,189 on a "method for using services offered by a telecommunication network, a telecommunication system and a terminal for it"
U.S. Patent No. 6,373,345 on a "modulator structure for a transmitter and a mobile station"
U.S. Patent No. 6,711,211 on a "method for encoding and decoding video information, a motion compensated video encoder and a corresponding decoder"
U.S. Patent No. 7,187,945 on a "versatile antenna switch architecture"
U.S. Patent No. 8,140,650 on "use of configurations in device with multiple configurations"
U.S. Patent No. 8,363,824 on a "portable electronic device"
Nokia is claiming that the reason for the suit is to "end the unauthorized use of our proprietary innovations and technologies." The technologies that are in dispute, if you find patent terminology as confusing as most of us do, have to do with certain radio frequencies and issues with Broadcom and Qualcomm chips.
If you add up all the patent complaints that Nokia has filed against HTC, including three more in the Southern District of California, we are looking at a total of fifty. With the original trial starting up in just a week, it's been speculated that the strategy being employed by Nokia is to set up some kind of a settlement agreement between the two. Back in 2011 Nokia successfully used the same playbook against Apple in gaining a settlement before a verdict was in.
Hopefully at some point we will see some kind of a change in the patent laws because stories like this are becoming all too common and are arguably bad for competition.
Source: FOSS Patents